From childhood onward, according to her new memoir, Rep. Ilhan Omar often seemed to find herself in the middle of nasty fights.

“I was small but a good fighter. I pulled the boy down and rubbed his face in the sand,” the Minnesota congresswoman writes, recalling a scrap with a bully during her childhood in Somalia. Later there was a confrontation in a middle school locker room in northern Virginia, again in the face of bullying: “As I hit her, the others yelled, ‘She’s pregnant!’ I didn’t stop hitting.”

Omar’s memoir, “This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman,” arrives in bookstores next week, just as her re-election campaign readies for a spirited DFL primary challenge. Minneapolis bookseller Magers & Quinn is hosting a virtual book launch with Omar the evening of May 26.

It is the most complete account she has given to date of her turbulent rise to the Minnesota Legislature and Congress, though it leaves out controversial details of her most recent divorce and remarriage.

Source – StarTribune


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