Ilhan Omar says D.C. cabbie called her 'ISIS,' threatened to remove hijab

Omar says the driver subjected her to "the most hateful, derogatory, islamophobic, sexist taunts and threats I have ever experienced."
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Ilhan Omar, who became the first Somali-American woman to be elected to public office in America, says she was subjected to a tirade of racist and sexist abuse by a D.C. cabbie.

Omar, who won in Minnesota House District 60B in last month's election, described a confrontation with the cab driver on her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, after she visited the White House for a policy discussion on Tuesday.

The incident happened as she made her way back from the White House, where she was "learning about policy ideas states could implement in areas I am passionate about," to her hotel.

She wrote:

"On my way to our hotel, I got in a cab and became subjected to the most hateful, derogatory, islamophobic, sexist taunts and threats I have ever experienced. The cab driver called me ISIS and threatened to remove my hijab, I wasn't really sure how this encounter would end as I attempted to rush out of his cab and retrieve my belongs [sic]."

She said she is "still shaken" by the incident, adding that she can't understand "how bold" people are getting when it comes to "displaying their hate towards Muslims."

"I pray for his humanity and for all those who harbor hate in their hearts," she added.

Responding to a comment on her page, she says she noted the cab's license plate and plans on reporting the incident once she is "back home safe in Minneapolis."

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