This is What America Looks Like: Ilhan Omar, from refugee to Congress

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 Ilhan Omar  is as much defined by her opposition to Donald Trump as by her own political beliefs and achievements. Photograph:  Leigh Vogel/Getty Images

Ilhan Omar is as much defined by her opposition to Donald Trump as by her own political beliefs and achievements. Photograph: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images

Just under a year ago Donald Trump took to the stage at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina. The combative president, who had swept to victory in 2016’s election in part by stoking up visceral rage against Hillary Clinton, had a new target.

Ilhan Omar, a congresswoman from Minnesota, “looks down with contempt on hard-working Americans”, supports al-Qaeda and is viciously anti-Semitic, he claimed. “Send her back, send her back,” yelled the crowd, as Trump paused and stood back, letting the tension build.

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