A campaign event for state Rep. Ilhan Omar was disrupted Saturday night when Laura Loomer, a conservative media personality with a history of attacking Muslims on social media, confronted Omar and Michigan congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib.
Loomer was part of a group that confronted Omar and Tlaib at the event at Holy Land deli in Minneapolis. In an interview late Saturday, Loomer, who previously worked for Project Veritas, said she has been traveling the country investigating Muslim candidates for office, including in Minnesota. She declined to say how many people were with her.
Tlaib is running unopposed for a congressional seat representing Michigan’s 13th District, and could become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. Omar, a Minneapolis DFLer, was the first Somali woman elected to the Minnesota Legislature. She is a candidate for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who is running for Minnesota attorney general.
Omar could not be reached for comment late Saturday. Rep. Ray Dehn, DFL-Minneapolis, who attended the event, said Loomer and a few other men and women interrupted Tlaib and Omar as they spoke at Holy Land.
“Unfortunately, [Omar and Tlaib] weren’t able to speak a lot because they kept getting interrupted,” he said. “I’ve seen way too much of this, and it’s really getting sickening.”
As the group shouted questions about Hamas and female genital mutilation, Dehn said, the crowd of supporters began to chant “Time for Ilhan.”
“There was a great group of people that were showing support for Rashida and Ilhan, and when you looked at the room, it was a room that reflects America,” Dehn said. “It was a diverse group of people. Islamophobia really has no place.”