MINNESOTA – State Rep. Ilhan Omar told Trevor Noah in Thursday’s episode of the Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” and a national audience that she wants President Trump to come visit the Twin Cities’ Somali community.
“I invited President Trump twice now to come meet my family and my community because he seems to have a lot of opinions about the kind of people we are,” she said, Star Tribune Reported on Friday, July 14.
“We shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. We should at least take time to get to know them.”
Omar is the nation’s first Somali-American legislator.
The 33-year-old Omar was born in Somalia before she fled to the US to escape civil war.
She stayed for four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before ultimately moving to the Somali-American neighborhood of Cedar-Riverside, where she has lived for nearly two decades and is currently director of policy initiatives at Women Organizing Women.
During her appearance on the show, she spoke about coming to the United States after living in a refugee camp in Somalia and her decision to go into politics.
Omar said she wants Americans of all backgrounds to find more common ground and to take time to get to know each other.
Once she settled into the guest chair, Omar snapped a selfie with Noah, who wondered out loud about her future plans.
“You are someone who is all too familiar with being a refugee,” he said. “You’re from Somalia, you’re also a Muslim person, you’re also a woman. You are everything that President Trump seems to be against, and you’re in government. What’s the plan?”