Rashida Tlaib May Be First Muslim Congresswoman
The Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib is projected to win her primary in the 13th District of Michigan.
If she wins her race as CNN has projected, Tlaib will be the first Muslim woman ever elected to Congress.
She will run unopposed by any Republican candidates and is a tremendous source of pride and hope for Muslim, Arab, and Palestinian-Americans throughout the nation.
Tlaib is fighting for a seat previously held by Democratic Representative John Conyers, who resigned last year amidst allegations of sexual misconduct.
Her projected victory has caused an uproar of excitement and passion in her ancestral village of Beit Our Al-Foqa in the West Bank where her mother was born.
“It’s a great honor for this small town. It’s a great honor for the Palestinian people to have Rashida in the Congress. For sure she will serve Palestine, for sure she will serve the interests of her nation. She is deeply rooted here.” — Mohammed Tlaib, former village mayor and distant relative to Rashida
Tlaib is one of more than 90 Muslim-Americans who ran for office this year.
“It’s not about just being out there and flaunting your faith. I always tell people that I’m exposing Islam in such a pivotal way, an impactful way, through public service.” — Tlaib
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