What Ilhan Omar needs to learn from London’s Muslim mayor

As his first official mayoral act, Khan attended a Holocaust remembrance ceremony with thousands of London’s Jews, including 150 Holocaust survivors. This was deeply appreciated by the Jewish community. And despite having received death threats from Islamic fundamentalists for supporting same-sex marriage in the past, Khan enthusiastically supported and opened London’s pride parade on all three occasions of the event since his election. Among Londoners, Khan continues to be popular today.

A gifted politician and leader, Khan recognized early what Omar has been slow to: Muslims in public office, like everyone else, are subject to a level of scrutiny and accountability that they weren’t before.

When Muslims in Western democracies are elected to positions of power, they no longer just represent their community; they represent everyone. Their jobs depend on it.

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