A delegate from Northern Virginia says he felt threatened by a Virginia Beach school board member and has asked law enforcement to investigate.
Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, said he felt physically threatened after reporters approached him with a screenshot of a Facebook post by Victoria Manning, who’s served on the Virginia Beach School Board since 2016. 13News Now first reported on the Facebook post and investigation.
Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, was so new to the General Assembly when he stood to protest President Donald Trump during a speech at Jamestown last month, it’s not clear that reporters covering the event initially recognized him as a state lawmaker.
Since then, Samirah, who won his seat in a February special election and served just six days of this year’s legislative session, has emerged as one of the body’s more outspoken members, penning an op-ed critiquing the so-called Virginia Way, debating the Roanoke Times editorial page about civility and, most recently, challenging U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia Beach, in a Twitter thread that accused her of using “Republican talking points against fellow Democrats” and urged her to support an impeachment inquiry against Trump.
Two years ago this week, three Americans died at a white supremacist demonstration here in Virginia. In his response to the tragedy, President Donald Trump famously blamed “both sides” for the violence, equating anti-racist protesters with neo-nazis. Now, two years later, the Roanoke Times has borrowed that same rhetoric to push back against my call for direct action in the face of racist dehumanization (“Samirah is wrong. Civility does matter,” Aug. 9 editorial).
The state legislator who disrupted President Trump’s recent speech at Jamestown has a new target: “The Virginia Way.” Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax County, has an essay in The Atlantic in which he defends his actions:
“Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox said that my disruption was ‘inconsistent with common decency.’
“What Cox and others really meant was that my behavior was inconsistent with the Virginia Way.
Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, is just getting started.
Since his eye-catching protest during President Donald Trump's speech Tuesday in Jamestown, Samirah has moved on to rail against something even more sacrosanct in Richmond: the Virginia Way.
A heckler who interrupted a speech by President Donald Trump during Tuesday’s commemoration of 400 years of American democracy is a new Muslim lawmaker from Virginia angered by the president’s race-related rhetoric.
Del. Ibraheem Samirah, a 27-year-old Democrat, held up three laminated protest signs at Trump’s appearance in Jamestown
Virginia Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-86th) interrupted President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday in Jamestown. Trump was speaking at the 400th Anniversary of the America's First Representative Legislative Assembly, but the president was stopped by Samirah a few minutes into his speech.
“I disrupted the President's speech in Jamestown because nobody's racism and bigotry should be excused for the sake of being polite,” Samirah said in a prepared statement.
Virginia Delegate Ibraheem Samirah said he felt targeted at a recent town hall event because he’s Muslim.
Samirah was asked about Sharia Law during the question and answer session.
Virginia resident, Catharine Trauernicht posed the question, “I’m wondering what would be the most accommodating way of introducing Sharia Law in the Commonwealth of VA? Should it start in the family court system, or some other venue?”
A newly elected Virginia state House delegate who is Muslim said he was harassed by protesters and asked how he planned to implement Sharia law at his first town hall.
Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-86th), who represents parts of eastern Loudoun and western Fairfax counties, said he’s disappointed that the small group of protesters attacked his faith at a Saturday event in northern Virginia.
Virginia Delegate Ibraheem Samirah said he was excited about his first town hall over the weekend.
"It was my first town hall ever," he said.
However, that excitement quickly turned to concern during the question and answer session.