A Democratic congressional candidate, Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar, married her own brother in 2009–as part of a plot to commit immigration fraud and student loan fraud.
Omar–who leads her Republican challenger in the race to replace retiring Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)–finally divorced her brother, British citizen Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, less than a year ago.
The allegations against Omar cropped up in September 2016, when a post on a message board for Somali immigrants–SomaliSpot–claimed that Elmi was her brother.
In 2016, Scott W. Johnson, a reporter for City Journal, attempted to reach Omar’s state legislature campaign to confirm whether or not she was married to her brother–but instead received a letter from Omar’s lawyer, Jean Brandl.
Brandl alleged Johnson was being racist by questioning Omar’s marriage, writing: “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.”
More recently, PJ Media’s David Steinberg took on the story–presenting Omar’s congressional campaign with hard evidence: that the man that high school classmates had identified as Elmi’s father was, in fact, the same man that Omar had referred to as her father. Steinberg did not receive a response.
Omar had previously called the allegations “absurd and offensive.”