By Kiyimba Bruno
“I got in a cab and became subjected to the most hateful, derogatory, Islamophobic, sexist taunts and threats I have ever experienced,”those were the posts Mrs Ilhan Omar wrote on her Facebook page.
“The cab driver called me ISIS and threatened to remove my hijab.”
The United States’ first Somali American Muslim legislator is confused on what do do with the driver due to the fact that she was harassed with “hateful” and “Islamophobic” language.
Ilhan Omar is a former refugee who wears the hijab where ever she goes. She was elected in November to the legislature of the Midwestern state of Minnesota. She said that the “taunts and threats” occurred after she left policy discussions at the White House and headed to her hotel.
Omar said she rushed to leave the vehicle and wrote on Facebook that she planned to report the incident once she returned to Minneapolis, as the driver knew where she was staying in Washington.
President Donald Trump railed against Muslims and immigrants during the presidential campaign of this year.
In its final week the real estate magnate had targeted the Somali community in the state, where he ultimately lost to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton 45% to 47%.
Nearly a third of Somali refugees are resettled in the United States live in Minnesota.
These are approximately 25,000 according to 2010 .