Tlaib, Omar highlight traditional Palestinian and Somali outfits for address

Tlaib, Omar highlight traditional Palestinian and Somali outfits for address
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Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders unveils plan for government-funded child care, pre-K Ilhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat MORE (D-Mich.), the first Muslim women elected to Congress, highlighted the traditional Somali and Palestinian outfits, respectively, they wore to the address.

“I'm joining my sisters in Congress in wearing white--my white #PalestinianThobe--to #SOTU,” Tlaib tweeted, referencing other woman Democratic congresswomen who wore white as a reference to the suffragist movement. “Being #unapologeticallyMe is my way of protesting this #ImpeachedPresident.”

“Yes sis, our presence is resistanceI am wearing my Ayeeyo’s Cambuur garbeed and bringing the Arawelo spirit to the people’s house,” Omar added, quote-tweeting Tlaib’s tweet.

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Omar and Tlaib’s fellow members of the “Squad” of progressive freshman congresswomen, Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressive Democrat confronts Rep. Cuellar at parade, calls for him to debate her: report There's no such thing as a free bus Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms MORE (D-Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressive Democrat confronts Rep. Cuellar at parade, calls for him to debate her: report Ocasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term MORE (D-N.Y.), are both boycotting the address, although Pressley will deliver a response on behalf of the Working Families Party.