Ilhan also faced criticism this week from the far-right news site Breitbart for allegedly arguing against a 2017 bill banning female genital mutilation. This is despite the fact that Ilhan had voted in the affirmative to pass the bill along with 128 other members of the Minnesota state legislature. The lawmaker responded to the claims on Twitter, writing “I am perplexed by the number of “reporters” who are so allergic to the truth … Do better, just do better!”

As one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, Ilhan was censured for supporting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement too. The nonviolent movement seeks to pressure Israel to comply with international laws by withdrawing support for Israeli companies and urging governments to hold the Israeli government accountable. While she’s called the resistance tactic “counteractive” in the past, she told Muslim Girl magazine in a post-election interview that she “believes in and supports the BDS movement.”

Conservative figure Laura Loomer condemned Ilhan on Twitter, calling her “anti-Jewish,” a member of a religion in which “homosexuals are oppressed” and “women are abused” and “forced to wear the hijab.” Twitter suspended Loomer’s account following those comments.

For now, Ilhan is receiving support from activists and fellow congresswomen. Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour said in a Facebook post that Ilhan was being attacked for supporting “the right for people to engage in constitutionally protected freedoms.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is a fellow congress member-elect from New York, said the “racism allowed towards Ilhan and other is completely unacceptable” She also lambasted Facebook and Twitter, saying the platforms were laden with hate speech and fake accounts. “We need to get it together.”

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