Rashida Tlaib beat a crowded Democratic primary field on Tuesday in Michigan’s 13th District, putting her on a clear path to becoming the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.
That is certainly groundbreaking, but it is not that surprising, given the current political climate. The Trump era gave us this moment.
Tlaib is one of several Muslims seeking high-profile political offices, including Minnesota congressional candidate Ilhan Omar and Michigan’s Fayrouz Saad, who lost the crowded 11th District Democratic primary on Tuesday. Abdul El-Sayed unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor in Michigan.
Tlaib’s journey from a first-generation college student from a Muslim household to the precipice of Congress — she won’t face a Republican opponent in November — may have been hard for many Americans to imagine just two years ago.
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Yup, darkest before the light. Well done Michigan 13th district.
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