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Somali-American lawmaker says DC cabbie called her ‘ISIS’

AP
Published Dec 9, 2016, 8:01 am IST
Updated Dec 9, 2016, 8:02 am IST
She said the cab driver called her ISIS, lobbed sexist taunts and threatened to remove her hijab during a brief ride.
Omar, 33, says she is troubled by growing animosity toward Muslim people. (Photo: Facebook)
 Omar, 33, says she is troubled by growing animosity toward Muslim people. (Photo: Facebook)

St Paul: The nation’s first elected Somali-American lawmaker says she was harassed and called “ISIS” by a taxicab driver in Washington, DC.

Minnesota state Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar detailed the incident on her Facebook page Wednesday. She said the cab driver called her ISIS, lobbed sexist taunts and threatened to remove her hijab during a brief ride on Tuesday after a White House meeting on criminal justice reform. She did not provide information about the driver.

 

The Facebook post by Minnesota state Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar. (Photo: Facebook)The Facebook post by Minnesota state Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar. (Photo: Facebook)

Omar, 33, says she is troubled by growing animosity toward Muslim people. Her campaign staff did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Omar immigrated to the United States after spending part of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp. She won a Minnesota House seat this fall and will be sworn into office Jan. 3.

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