I first stumbled across this claim on Snopes of all places while I was researching Ilhan Omar. Perfect, I had the most ridiculous rumor out there right in front of me, and a direct link to one of the last sources I can trust on the web. Did Ilhan Omar marry her own brother? I click the link, un-phased, nothing surprises me anymore. But then when I clicked the link. That’s when I was actually surprised.
Did Ilhan Omar marry her own brother? Snopes doesn’t know! So we don’t know!
Now reading the claim, it does change things. But it doesn’t end this.
If it was strictly for immigration reasons then yes it makes it A LOT less weird and the whole thing makes a lot more sense.
BUT, it’s still her brother and probably illegal so we’re digging into this.
No better place to start than the rebuttal from the accused-
“Omar broadly denied the allegations in a statement to The Associated Press, but declined to provide documents or answer specific questions when pressed.
“We choose not to further the narrative of those who oppose us,” Omar’s statement said, adding that she believes the claims are being made by people who want to stop a black, female Muslim from sitting in Congress.” – Startribune
Now I know it says right there that she denied all allegations to The Associated Press… but in those quotes right there.. she isn’t exactly saying she didn’t marry her brother…She’s just saying the claims are being made by people trying to stop her.
And then Alphanews announced that they had found evidence calming to have the answer to our ongoing question, did Ilhan Omar marry her own brother?
” Since 2016, Alpha News has been following a trail of evidence that suggests Omar may have married her brother Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in order to aid Elmi in obtaining U.S. citizenship. The two were married in 2009 and later divorced in 2017. While being legally married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, Omar has publicly identified Ahmed Hirsi as her cultural husband and father of her children.
After an extensive background search, I have not been able to find any other person named ‘Ahmed Nur Said Elmi,’ ‘Ahmed N. Elmi,’ or even ‘Ahmed Elmi’ with the birthdate April 4, 1985. The man Ilhan Omar married and the 17- to 18-year-old who attended Arlington Senior High School in St. Paul, MN, in 2002-2003 are one and the same,” Steinberg writes. ” – AlphaNews
But can we take this “AlphaNews” at face value?
I didn’t think so. So I looked into exactly who this “Steinberg” works for who found all this information. See if her organization is legit or not.
Its … PJmedia and it’s legit –
From PJ Media-
“Rep. Omar did not respond to a three-day deadline before I published an article covering her on August 8, 2018. That article presented documented evidence that Omar appeared to commit perjury multiple timesduring her 2017 divorce proceedings.
However, perhaps this tweet posted last night from Rep. Omar’s official Twitter account was an indirect response:
If so, I’d suggest the evidence against her stands on its own. I would also ask her to produce a single instance of false content, or “propaganda,” that I have published in my three articles covering her background.”
Finishing move… all in all I think it’s fair to say the answer to our question. Did Ilhan Omar marry her own brother? It appears that she did. Might it may have been for immigration reasons, not creepy incest reasons. Which does make it better if you ask me.