Ilhan Omar is the FIRST Somali-American Muslim person to become a legislator. "People said I should be proud of myself if I got even 10% of the votes, but I’m pretty competitive. I wanted to keep going so I could prove them wrong. I ended up pushing all of the negative things aside because I kept thinking, regardless of whether we win or lose, this will shift the narrative about what is possible."
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Ilhan Omar Is Shifting The Narrative Of What's Possible As Somali-American Muslim Legislator | TIME