Ever since she first surfaced on the Minnesota scene in 2016, there has been speculation that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) may have once been fraudulently married to her own brother, a fellow refugee from Somalia who became a citizen of the United Kingdom.
The predominately liberal establishment media has all but ignored that story — when not attempting to dismiss it out of hand — but have been unable to dismiss the questions with evidence. Omar’s refusal to answer journalists’ questions hasn’t helped either.
Did Omar fraudulently marry her own brother?
The Washington Free Beacon reported in July that, following a seemingly off-hand remark from President Donald Trump about the issue, some in the media shifted their attempts to kill the story into overdrive, seeking to end any further questions on the matter.
Indeed, CNN’s Jim Acosta declared the allegation that Omar fraudulently married her brother to be “disgusting lies” while The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer dismissed the rumors as nothing more than a “baseless smear.”
Those and other media outlets published articles that purported to debunk the speculation about Omar and her second husband, Ahmed Elmi, but provided little or no actual evidence beyond Omar’s own denials.
Omar has not cooperated with journalistic efforts
The Free Beacon noted, however, that there was one fact-checking outlet that went a decidedly different route than the others — PolitiFact — in that it chose not to directly address the questions surrounding Omar’s two marriages, but rather went to the biggest fish in the local media pond of Minnesota to find out all that had already been learned.
That local media outlet is the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, but as it turned out that newspaper had little to offer, due to the simple fact that Omar had largely refused to cooperate with the paper’s efforts and answer any of their questions.
“My interest as an editor began with the silence she has maintained about her improper tax filings,” Star-Tribune editor Kevin Diaz told PolitiFact in reference to the discovery that Omar had jointly filed taxes with her first husband, Ahmed Hirsi, while she was still legally married to her second husband, Ahmed Elmi.
“She would say only that she had corrected the 2014 and 2015 tax filings and would not divulge anything about why she had filed taxes with a man she was not married to when she was separated but still married to someone else,” Diaz said.
Diaz added that every effort to get to the bottom of the story was rebuffed by Omar herself and her family members, and said, “What’s really made it hard is that she’s been unwilling to address any of these questions. That has fueled the controversy.”
Without evidence, speculation will continue
To be sure, there has yet to be made public any definitive evidence proving that Omar married her brother or that the marriage was fraudulent.
That said, there is similarly no definitive evidence to debunking the allegations either, despite what some liberal pundits may claim, so speculation will persist until either somebody in the media uncovers clear evidence or Omar herself comes clean about what happened.