Update: 8/20/16:There are updates on this link. Outside of her saying it wasn’t so, she presented no truth. The blogger who uncovered the story sticks by it.
Update: Ms. Omar has responded, please see update below.
It’s historic, blared The Star Tribune. Ilhan Omar beat incumbent Rep. Phyllis Khan in the primary and will undoubtedly win the election for the state House in Minnesota even though she married her brother while married to the father of her children.
It’s okay…it was probably just to get him into the country. How noble! The violation of immigration law shouldn’t be a problem either. That’s who we are now. Those are our values now.
There was a big grass-roots campaign run by organized leftist organizations. It’s actually an astro-turf campaign.
The Star Tribune wrote that Omar had a “vast coalition of support beyond East African citizens.” It was VAST.
“I think some people thought that she was just going to build a campaign that appealed to the Somali community, and when you really look at her campaign effort, it was a very broad cross-section of the community,” DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin said.
The Tribune didn’t mention her brother and the bigamy.
The Somalipost wrote: Omar married her brother Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009, implying that the latter marriage assisted his entry into the United States. Her brother was a British citizen. “As soon as Ilhan Omar married him,” the post continues, “he started university at her [a]lma mater North Dakota State University where he graduated in 2012. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Minneapolis where he was living in a public housing complex and was later evicted. He then returned to the United Kingdom where he now lives.”
That post has since been taken down. Good move – keep the truth hidden until we lose all our values!
Omar is the perfect candidate for political office — she committed bigamy, married her brother, violated immigration law, and she’s a black Muslim. She’s untouchable. If you say anything, you’re an Islamophobe or some kind of racist.
Powerline blog contacted Omar’s campaign manager and said that he thought the marriage to her brother might be illegal.
We can pretty well agree with that.
This is the response he got in part from Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Jean Brandl on behalf of Omar:
“There are people who do not want an East African, Muslim woman elected to office and who will follow Donald Trump’s playbook to prevent it. Ilhan Omar’s campaign sees your superfluous contentions as one more in a series of attempts to discredit her candidacy.
Ilhan Omar’s campaign will not be distracted by negative forces and will continue to focus its energy on creating positive engagement with community members to make the district and state more prosperous and equitable for everyone.”
Got that power line? You’re an Islamophobe.
Update: 8/17/16: After not being able to get a response and only receiving an angry response from her lawyer, powerlineblog was finally able to get an explanation from Ms. Omar:
In 2002, when I was 19 years old, Ahmed Hirsi (whose name before he received citizenship was Ahmed Aden), the father of my children and love of my life, and I, applied for a marriage license, but we never finalized the application and thus were never legally married. In 2008, we decided to end our relationship in our faith tradition after reaching an impasse in our life together.
I entered into a relationship with a British citizen, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, and married him legally in 2009. Our relationship ended in 2011 and we divorced in our faith tradition. After that, he moved home to England. I have yet to legally divorce Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, but am in the process of doing so. Insinuations that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is my brother are absurd and offensive.
Since 2011, I am happy to say that I have reconciled with Ahmed Hirsi, we have married in our faith tradition and are raising our family together. Like all families, we have had our ups and downs but we are proud to have come through it together.