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Omar Tries to Explain Calling Dad by Husband’s Last Name in Tweet: It’s Just a Nickname



The theory that Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar married her brother has become a very contentious issue. It’s become even more contentious now that a tweet showing her wishing a happy Father’s Day to a man with the same name as her husband — especially since she deleted it.

The controversy, long considered a conspiracy theory limited to the conservative blogosphere, has now gone pretty mainstream. It’s going to get even more attention now that the uncovered tweet is trending.

Posted six years ago, the tweet was deleted early Tuesday morning, according to The Daily Caller.

It read: “Happy Father’s Day to my aabo Nur Said, I am forever grateful to Allah for giving me the best father a…” along with a link to an Instagram post.

According to public information, Omar’s father is a Somali immigrant living in the United States named Nur Omar Mohamed. She has an ex-husband named Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.

Controversial Islamic reformist Mohamad Tawhidi drove home the import of what the scrubbed social media post implied.

Omar’s people, meanwhile, defended the deletion in a statement Tuesday, according to New York Post writer Jon Levine.

“Rep. Omar and her family are subject to constant threats,” the statement from a spokesperson for Omar read.

“When people write vile things on posts about people she loves — including posting disturbing doctored images of her father — she takes them down.

“Nur Said means ‘Happy Light’ and it’s been her dad’s nickname since he was a kid. He has a public page with the same name.

“She isn’t deleting it for the disturbing and hateful reasons that are being implied by conspiracy theorists and legitimate media outlets shouldn’t be spreading conspiracy theories.”

This is all well and good, and one doesn’t want to spread conspiracy theories about Rep. Omar.

That said, it’s more than curious that if “Nur Said” simply means “happy light,” that Omar’s second husband was named the same thing. Andrew Kerr of The Daily Caller pointed this out:

By the by, this isn’t just those rascally conspiracy theorists on right-wing blogs who are pointing this out.

In June, the Minnesota Star-Tribune reported on the “lingering questions about the marital history of Rep. Ilhan Omar and whether she once married a man — possibly her own brother — to skirt immigration laws.”

The story noted how documents from a state agency displayed “the Omar campaign’s efforts to keep the story of her marriage to Elmi out of the press, arguing that detailed coverage would legitimize the accusations and invade her privacy.”

So, for those of you who don’t get the whole story, here you go: In 2002, Omar was first married to a man named Ahmed Hirsi in a religious — but not legal — ceremony. In 2008, she divorced Hirsi and married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.

“Little is known about Elmi, other than that Omar has referred to him as a ‘British citizen’ and that he attended high school in the Minneapolis area and, like Omar, later attended North Dakota State University,” PolitiFact reported in July.

The two obtained a religious divorce in 2011 but remained legally married until 2017. This is problematic, since Omar filed taxes with Hirsi as a married couple filing jointly during this time.

“In 2016, as Omar was seeking a state House seat, the conservative website AlphaNewsMN, followed by other ideological sites, posted a screenshot of an Instagram post — since deleted — that was allegedly uploaded by Elmi on June 12, 2012, shortly after Omar gave birth to her third child,” PolitiFact reported.

“The caption of the photograph identified Elmi as holding the baby girl, calling her ‘nieces.’ To some, this suggested a sibling relationship.”

By the way, PolitiFact — a fact-checking website never described as a bustling hive of conservatism — didn’t necessarily think these allegations were false, just that they were unproven and that Omar would prefer they stay that way by not releasing any pertinent information that would clear her in this matter.

“What’s really made it hard is that she’s been unwilling to address any of these questions. That has fueled the controversy,” PolitiFact reported.

“We quoted her at length to say that these were mere accusations, that they were unfair, and that she shouldn’t have to address them. Be that as may, there was an undisputed instance of her filing her taxes improperly. And if you’re in Congress, you should explain that to your constituents.

“It’s true that for many immigrants like Omar, there are not a lot of available public records from their home country. That works both for and against her. It can leave family relationships murky. But in fairness to her, these allegations can be hard for her to disprove.”

Hard, but not impossible, and her excuses don’t necessarily seem to hold water. Furthermore, no major mainstream media outlet seems to want to investigate this by going to Somalia and seeing if they can sort out the truth.

“I wish we could send a reporter to Mogadishu (Somalia) but we don’t have the bandwidth,” PolitiFact’s Louis Jacobson wrote.

News outlets that do have that bandwidth — The New York Times, The Washington Post, etc. — don’t seem to be terribly interested.

Well, fine. But until definitive evidence emerges one way or another, these allegations are going to dog Omar the same way her tax returns did.

They’re not going away, and it’s not just the conspiracy theorists on the fringe who are reporting them now.

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  • willowa says:

    Why doesn’t she stop writing vile things about others??

  • Charles Scherer says:

    I hope everyone knows, according to the quran, muslims can lie to,cheat, steal from and even kill non-believers for the advancement of islam.

  • RandyF says:

    When is some charges going to be filed. getting tired of hearing over and over about evidence of this or that and nothing happens.

  • Jamie says:

    She can stop digging that hole once it’s 6 feet deep.

  • DADDY K says:

    Why don’t you take your RAGHEAD and shit filled pants back to your shithole country where you belong.

  • Lynn says:

    Hate to tell you all this but she will keep getting elected No Matter what she doe. She comes out of a district with a huge number of Somalis Muslims who were given the right to vote without citizenship. The Muslims and stupid liberal democrats will continue to vote this vile woman in!! Thank your democrats and obummer!!!

  • Pj says:

    So what is the government doing? Not a thing. They Muslims in our government and country. American people have become so stupid and disgusting lazy. America is doom with American fools who are plain dumb

  • Debby says:

    Ok you little creatin lets settle this once and for all… DNA test on all 7 of you. You, Dad, brother/husband, Husband and all your kids.

  • Ron C says:

    The fact of the matter is, it just doesn’t matter what crime Omar committed…the so called authorities well NOT arrest or prosecute her, hell you can’t even get them to investigate the socialist democrat’s…it is the double standards under the law…plain & simply put the democrats always get off scot free.

  • Trish A says:

    Unless someone actually goes to Somalia and does the digging, we can never prove that the bitch is lying! She ALWAYS throws out that stinkin’ race card every time someone gets close!

  • Steven Robinson says:

    Yeah! I believe it! Just like I believe everything else out of her mouth!

  • RWF