Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota who has been accused of marrying her brother as part of an immigration fraud scheme, addressed the issue by calling Republicans filthy.
Omar’s comments were in response to Ohio Rep. Steve King whose comments went viral after he offered some possible reasons that incest could have been considered alright, in the past:
“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest?” King reportedly asked according to Fox News. The Iowa congressman was reportedly addressing his opposition to the incest exceptions for abortion restrictions.
Representative Steve King, an Iowa Republican with a history of making racist and divisive remarks, questioned whether there would be "any population of the world left" were it not for rape and incest. “It’s not the baby’s fault,” he added. https://t.co/3RQynrAHsq
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 14, 2019
“Gross! This would explain why these weirdos are fixed on smearing me with claims of incest. Projecting their filth, unreal,” Omar tweeted in response to King’s comments.
Gross! This would explain why these weirdos are fixed on smearing me with claims of incest. Projecting their filth, unreal. https://t.co/PTJpBYyUNV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 14, 2019
Omar previously denied allegations that she married her brother in an act of apparent immigration fraud. She married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, whom she said is a British citizen, on Feb. 12, 2009, according to a marriage certificate issued in Hennepin County. Omar said that the relationship ended in 2011 and the two divorced in their faith tradition, but she didn’t take legal action to divorce him until 2017.
The DailyMail‘s report lay’s out Omar’s history in a somewhat concise manner, taking from information gathered from interviews with both Omar and a spokesperson.
“Here’s the real background information about Omar’s ‘confusing’ marital history, in her own words. In 2016, Omar told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that she had married Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi (Husband 1) in their Muslim ‘faith tradition’ in 2002, and that after having two children, they divorced in their ‘faith tradition’ in 2008. No marriage certificate was issued, and there is no documentary evidence for the divorce,” the Daily Mail reported.
“In 2009, Omar married a Somali immigrant to Britain named Ahmed Nur Said Elmi (Husband 2) in a wedding in an unglamorous suburban state registry. The officiator was a Christian minister named Wilecia Harris, now a pastor at the Great and Mighty Works Ministries in Richfield, Minn.”
At this point it seems unclear if Omar was deviating from her faith, having a non-Muslim minister marry her in a civil ceremony, or why she chooses to deal with the marriage in this way, however, the marriage was legal and not religious, according to most reports.
“The full certificate also shows that, despite Omar’s ‘faith tradition’, the couple seem to have been cohabiting before their marriage,” the DailyMail went on.
“Documents released on Monday seem to show that she and Husband 1 were living together in Minneapolis at the time of her marriage to Husband 2… And when Omar and Husband 2 went to college in Fargo at North Dakota State University, Husband 1 came too.”
It’s unclear how the civil marriage devolved into a “faith-based” divorce, which is what Omar said she and Husband 2 had, but he returned to London, according to Omar the DailyMail reported, and the same year she had her third child with Husband 1 and made him Husband 3 in what she called another “faith tradition” marriage.
When the “faith tradition” marriage took place, and child number 3 was born, Omar was still legally married to Husband 2, and didn’t obtain a legal divorce for several years, which caused spokesperson Ben Goldfarb to admit 2016 that Omar was kind of married to two people at the same time, according to the DailyMail.
Written by Savannah Pointer.