The Democratic representative from the fifth district of Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, was met with a chilly reception when she appeared on stage over the weekend during a Suldaan Seeraar concert.
Omar took to the stage at the Minneapolis Target Center during Somali Independence Week, when a chorus of boos came from the crowd that was largely made up of Somalis. “Go home!” and “Get outta here!” are also heard.
The crowd’s boos were brief, lasting no more than a minute before Omar attempted to joke it off and engage with the spectators.
“Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay, we don’t have all night,” Omar began.
But when that didn’t quite the crowd, she inquired, “How are things going in Minneapolis?”
The boos, however, never stopped.
“So I’m happy for [unintelligible],” she continued, to no avail. The crowd remained dissatisfied with Omar, despite the fact that others on stage allegedly appealed for people not to “do this.”
Both Martin Walsh of Conservative Brief and Ryan Saavedra of The Daily Wire point out that Omar had recently criticized the Kennedy decision, which ruled in favor of the right of a public high school football coach to pray after a game, in their articles about the booing event.
“The Supreme Court just ruled that public school instructors may pressure kids to pray at school events and can also punish those who don’t participate. Religious freedom in the United States is dead,” Omar tweeted in response.
However, there is no evidence that these statements triggered the mass walkout at her own concert.
Omar, on the other hand, is still embracing her appearance at the concert. Before they walked on stage, she posted a video of the introduction that she and her husband had been given by the announcer on Twitter.
“Welcome to Minneapolis Sultan” was her tweet in response to Suldaan. She continued, “It was a pleasure to have you visit our amazing city.”
Omar urged for the packing of the Supreme Court and a “special committee to examine Justice Thomas’s participation in the January 6th coup, as well as Alito, Gorsuch, Barrett, and Kavanaugh’s remarks on Roe during their Senate confirmation hearings.”
Omar is up for re-election in November, just like all members of Congress. Despite the recent boos, Politico ranks her district as “solidly Democratic,” suggesting she may win her re-election race easily.