Fanning the flames of the controversy surrounding a prior marriage, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) deleted a tweet Tuesday morning that wished a Happy Father's Day to a man named "Nur Said," who is at the center of the controversy regarding her former marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.
What are the details?
Allegations regarding Omar's alleged immigration fraud have surrounded her since she came to prominence as a progressive figure with her election as a freshman Democratic representative in 2018. It is undisputed that Omar, along with at least part of her family, emigrated to America from war-torn Somalia in 1995.
Much of the remainder of Omar's personal history remains shrouded in mystery due to Omar's reluctance to discuss many of the details and shoddy Somali record keeping. In 2009, she married a man named Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, whom she ultimately divorced in 2017.
Some have alleged that this marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi was a sham marriage entered into in order to help Ahmed Nur Said Elmi legally enter the United States in order to attend a university, and that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi was, in fact, her brother. Other than general denials of the story, Omar has been highly reluctant to discuss details of her past.
One of the key links in the story is a man named Nur Said Elmi Mohamed, who is alleged to be the father of Ilhan Omar and Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.
Although Omar has never explicitly denied that Nur Said Elmi Mohamed is her father, the deletion of a 2013 post on Twitter wishing him a happy Father's Day immediately raised eyebrows.
This was deleted by Rep. Ilhan Omar this morning, and I would like to know why https://t.co/fydTNphg16— Jon Levine (@Jon Levine) 1568722936.0
Jon Levine, who writes for the New York Post, also pointed out that web archive still has the tweet, which was originally posted on June 26, 2013.
It should be noted that the tweet does not necessarily prove the connection to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, or that Omar's ex-husband was in fact her brother. But it does suggest, as many have pointed out, that due to the efforts made by reporters like Pajamas Media's David Steinberg and local media outlets in Minnesota, that Omar may be starting to feel nervous about leaving even basic details of her past exposed.
BlazeTV personality Glenn Beck has also delved into these questions about Omar's past at great length in a television special.