Beauty queen who fled Iraq War now proud American battling Dem wokeness
She fled war-torn Iraq for a better life in America, and now Sarah Idan is ready to do battle here — against the woke Democrats she says have turned the country upside down
“There’s a voice missing. There’s the immigrant who f—ing suffered and came here and lived the American dream,” Idan, 33, said this week on the 20th anniversary of the Iraq War.
The one-time beauty queen — who represented Iraq in Miss Universe in 2017 and faced death threats after befriending and snapping a selfie with Miss Israel -— aims to throw her tiara in the ring for a California congressional run, she told The Post.
The political neophyte and Los Angeles resident said she has yet to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.
Still, she already knows what her first campaign will be: rooting out “crazy far left and woke voices” in her own Democratic party obsessed with so-called “white privilege.”
“Shut up— because you have no idea how privileged you are,” Idan said.
The fiery feminist and human rights activist has spoken out against extreme left Dems, such as Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, blasting her for her incendiary comments about Jews and Israel.
“I don’t stand for your anti-American, antisemitic, Muslim Brotherhood agenda, using this democracy to further your…Islamic socialism goals of dividing and weakening our country,” Idan tweeted.
“I would just be the opposite of Ilhan Omar. I’m a Democrat and liberal, but I don’t think like you – I don’t hate this country,” Idan noted.
Born in 1990 in Baghdad, Idan was the second youngest of five kids. Her father was a military engineer for Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party, but lessons at home hardly reflected that party line.
She recalled the family “living as hostages under Saddam,” fearing accusations of “disloyalty” and noted the limited access to food, water and electricity under the brutal dictator.
“We couldn’t say anything against him,” she said. “I learned everything I was taught by Saddam was a lie.”
At 18, she volunteered with the US Army in Iraq as a translator and left her family in Iraq behind for America about two years later, and became a US citizen in 2015.
After Iraq’s 45-year hiatus from the pageant, Idan represented Iraq in the 2017 Miss Universe pageant as a dual citizen.
Because of the Israel flap, her citizenship there has since been revoked.
Her family was forced to flee as well in the aftermath and now live in another Arab country.
Her tumultuous background gives her a unique perspective on what she sees as the greatness of the American dream.
“They hate when I say anything good about this country, when I say I love it and have rights here,” she fumed. “They want to hear you say, ‘No, this is a horrible country, a horrible government, and we have no rights.’”
“They’re bitching about everything and playing the victim all the time – just shut up.”
She recalled one argument with “hardcore Democrat” friends over the freedoms and liberties afforded in this country, who told Idan to “go back to Iraq.”
“They couldn’t handle me saying good things about this country,” asserted Idan.
She sees firsthand the “evil” of the left in action in her home city — where indoctrination in schools by woke teachers and administrators has led some of her own friends to homeschool their kids, she said. Public safety is another concern, with major crimes there up 11.6 percent this year over last.
“The left isn’t doing enough,” she said, adding there are “scary” things within the Democratic party.
Los Angeles’ controversial new mayor, Karen Bass, who is seen as a Castro-sympathizing communist, isn’t the answer, Idan said.
“We need fresh people in office to take out the communists, pushing crazy policies,” said Idan.
“I may have been born in Iraq, but my soul is American.”