In a widely circulated video, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, is shown entering her home state during the Fourth of July weekend to a chorus of jeers and boos from a throng that is primarily Somali.
At the Somali singer Soldaan Seraar’s concert on Saturday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Omar, 39, made a cameo, but not everyone was pleased to see her.
Omar posted a 14-second video of herself and her husband Tim Mynett exiting the stage, but longer recordings that went viral on social media show others yelling “get out!” and demanding the Democrat to “get the f—- out of here.”
Videos do not clearly show what sparked such a dramatic reaction, but Newsweek claimed that others have attributed the outcry to Omar’s support for LGBTQ rights and abortion.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, Omar was one of the legislators to show up for pro-choice protests in Washington, DC.
At a demonstration at Union Station, Omar stated, “In almost half of this country, states are ready to ban abortion. Outright ban abortion. That means if you are sick, if you are raped, there is incest, you are forced to have that baby or die.”
Omar has also continued to be a strong advocate for more aggressive legislative measures to defend the right to an abortion, such as ending the filibuster so that Congress can try to enshrine the right to an abortion in federal law or expanding the size of the Supreme Court to add more liberal justices.