Pelosi Rallies Democrats To Ilhan Omar As Primary Challenge Builds Momentum

Democrat leaders including Nancy Pelosi are rallying behind Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar after her primary opponent posted a massive fundraising haul. Democrat Antone Melton-Meaux raised $3.2 million dollars between April and June to fund his challenge against the controversial freshman Congresswoman. Omar by comparison brought in less than $500k leaving her only about half the cash-on-hand as the upstart Melton-Meaux. The primary is August 11th.

Melton-Meaux’s surge in contributions is largely fueled by pro-Israel donors from across the country according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ilhan Omar, who is muslim, has been criticized for statements and posts considered anti-semitic. President Trump attacked Omar as a “hate-filled America bashing socialist” during the rally in Tulsa. Meanwhile, Senator Marsha Blackburn has called on the hijab wearing Congresswoman to resign for threatening our nation’s democracy .

Senator Marsha Blackburn Calls For the Resignation of Representative Ilhan Omar for Threatening Our Nation’s Democracy

Democrat leadership is taking the Melton-Meaux’s primary challenge seriously by trotting out big name endorsements including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who came out to support the embattled Ilhan Omar. “Ilhan is a valued and important Member of our Caucus,” Pelosi said Tuesday in a statement. “In her first term, Ilhan has already established herself as a leader on a host of issues — from child nutrition to housing to US-Africa relations.”

Buzzfeed News spoke with some of the donors funding Omar’s primary opponent who said that “they’re motivated by one thing: intense dislike of Omar.” It appears intense dislike of Omar is both a common and bipartisan position.

Democrats hold a massive edge in Omar’s fifth Minnesota district which was previously held by another radical Democrat, Keith Ellison. Republican Lacy Johnson has used Omar’s villain status to raise big money but the district makeup makes Johnson’s challenge a near impossible challenge.

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