Viral video shows Rep. Ilhan Omar being booed at Somali concert

A video of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) being booed by a mostly Somali crowd at a concert has gone viral on social media.

The concert took place at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday and featured Somali singer Suldaan Seeraar. Omar, 39, is Somali-American and one of two Muslim women in Congress.

“It was an honor to welcome you to our incredible city,” Omar Tweeted on Sunday, adding a short clip that showed her walking up on stage to present an award to the singer. The video ended as the booing began.

Conservative commentator Benny Johnson shared a longer clip on Twitter, which showed the crowd booing at Omar and her husband for at least a minute after they walked up on stage. The clip garnered over 2.3 million views.

As noted by Newsweek, some in the crowd can be heard shouting “Get out” and “Go home” while others in the video weren’t so polite and can be heard shouting “get the f**k out of here!” Multiple people on stage attempted to stop the booing but to no avail. Omar also tried to stop the boos, saying at one point in the video, “Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay, we don’t have all night.” She also signals with her hands that they should lower their voices.

Omar’s rivals quickly jumped on the incident. Shukri Abdirahman, a Somali refugee and U.S. Army veteran who is running against Omar, wrote on Twitter: “This’s what she gets for trading her Godly, Conservative values for the sinful LGBTQIA’s & the promiscuous abortionists.”

Royce White, another GOP candidate looking to unseat Omar, also Tweeted Sunday: “The Somali’s in Minneapolis are booing Ilhan Omar because they’re starting to see the truth… They’re being misrepresented by bourgeois puppets, chosen by the establishment to exploit identity politics. In other words, Ilhan Omar is a sellout and I called it months ago. #Godspeed.”



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