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    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks about Trump administration policies toward Muslim immigrants and her own immigrant background at a news conference by members of the U.S. Congress to announce legislation to repeal President Trump’s existing executive order blocking travel from majority Muslim countries outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019

    No, Thank You: US Democratic Candidates Reportedly Return Ilhan Omar's Donations

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    A recently released Federal Election Commission report suggests that Omar, who managed to raise over $800,000 in the first quarter of 2019, is now one of the Democratic Party's top fundraisers, despite being grilled over her allegedly anti-Semitic remarks and controversial statement on 9/11.

    Two US Democratic politicians have recently returned contributions given to their respective campaigns by Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Daily Caller reports.

    According to the media outlet, each of the candidates – Rep. Lucy McBath from Georgia’s 6th district and Dan McCready, who is currently vying for North Carolina’s 9th district – rejected a $2,000 donation made by Omar, with McCready reportedly arguing that "there is no place for divisiveness in politics".

    ​Earlier this week, Politico reported citing a Federal Election Commission report that Omar managed to raise around $832,000, largely from online donors, which effectively “puts her among House Democrats’ top fundraisers in the first quarter”.

    Ilhan Omar has found herself facing severe backlash on a number of occasions over her controversial remarks. Earlier, she suggested that Jewish organisations pay US politicians to support Israel, with many considering this remark to be anti-Semitic.

    Last week, she was also thrust into the spotlight after US President Donald Trump tweeted a video featuring her describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something”, with the congresswoman later complaining that she "experienced an increase in direct threats” on her life as a result.

    READ MORE: ‘Mounting Frustrations’: Democrats Mull Primary Challenge Against Ilhan Omar

    Ilhan’s statements elicited a mixed reaction among her fellow party members. While US Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued to defend her, Democrats in Minnesota, the state she represents, reportedly considered challenging Omar in the 2020 election.


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