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When Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) once married her own brother in an immigration fraud scheme, he demonstrated the remarkable degree to which even the most far-off corners of the right-wing internet can launch unproven, anonymous claims into the national political discourse.

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AbdiJohnson never provided any evidence for his claim, and searches of Somali Spot posts show that the user was notorious on the site as a troll known for making up claims to rile up the site's other members. The post was later deleted.

That didn't stop the claim from getting picked up days later by Minnesota lawyer Scott Johnson, whose conservative Power Line blog became briefly famous in the 2000 election for discrediting forged documents on George W. Bush's National Guard service. In a post based on AbdiJohnson's claims, Johnson speculated that Omar, by then the winner of the state legislature primary, had married her own brother in an immigration scheme.

"Let me note here that Omar's marriage to her brother, if it occurred in fact, is illegal under Minnesota law," Johnson wrote.

Johnson has continued to write stories suggesting Elmi is Omar's brother, writing his latest post about Omar on Thursday. Johnson confirmed to The Daily Beast that the original claim that Omar married her brother was based on the deleted Somali Spot post. Asked to cite the most compelling evidence that Elmi is Omar's brother, Johnson said only "social media evidence and [the] sham nature of marriage."

"She has acted from the beginning like she is hiding something," Johnson wrote in an email.

Omar's efforts to disprove the claims have been stymied by the fact that -- like earlier right-wing conspiracy theories alleging that Hillary Clinton eats children in a Washington pizzeria or murdered Democratic staffer Seth Rich -- her critics never appear satisfied with her explanations. In 2018, Omar showed a reporter from the Star Tribune pictures of immigration documents from when her family entered the United States that list her siblings' names. The list did not include anyone by Elmi's name.

"It's really strange, right, to try to prove a negative," Omar told the paper. "If someone was asking me, do I have a brother by that name, I don't. If someone was asking ... are there court documents that are false ... there is no truth to that."

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-19 07:31 AM | Reply

When Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) once married her own brother in an immigration fraud scheme, he demonstrated the remarkable degree to which even the most far-off corners of the right-wing internet can launch unproven, anonymous claims into the national political discourse.

"There's a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother," Trump said. "I know nothing about it. I hear she was married to her brother."

As with "birther" claims that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, promoters of the Omar smear are using it to strike at the heart of Omar's status as an American citizen, even though it's about "her brother" entering the country under false pretenses. Under this impossible theory, they claim it means that Omar abused her own citizenship to get her brother admitted to the country, and will, therefore, somehow have her citizenship revoked.

It's not clear how Trump first became aware of the claims about Omar's marriage, but the complicated smear has been embraced this summer by a number of right-wing commentators with ties to Trump. In late June, D'Souza, whom Trump pardoned for his campaign finance crimes, alleged that Omar had married her brother in an immigration fraud scheme and asked "why hasn't she been indicted yet?" On Monday, Limbaugh, whom Trump regularly praises on Twitter, told his audience that Omar had married her brother in an immigration fraud scheme.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-19 07:49 AM | Reply

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is facing questions after a report was unable to disprove that she married her brother to protect his immigration status.

As IJR previously reported, the congresswoman came under fire after the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board uncovered the fact that the congresswoman had filed joint taxes with a man she wasn't legally married to.

Omar filed taxes with her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, while she was legally married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.

#3 | Posted by boaz at 2019-07-19 08:14 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

You married your sister , BOAZ. Prove you didn't.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-19 08:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You prove I did. Evidently, there's evidence she married her brother to scam the system.

Good deflection try though.

#5 | Posted by boaz at 2019-07-19 08:39 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

Evidently, there's evidence she married her brother to scam the system.

You didn't bother to actually read the story nor even the excerpts posted above. There is NO EVIDENCE that Omar married her brother because she doesn't have a brother named Elmi. The original allegation came from one blogger who apparently took a comment of common fellowship (a reference by Elmi to Ilhan being a 'sister') and inflated it into an illicit marriage.

All you do is repeat unfounded lies in pursuit of a discriminatory agenda.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-19 08:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

Alpha News reporter Preya Samsundar launched a lengthy but inconclusive investigation into various social-media posts, which she claimed "suggests" Omar married her brother. It's not clear that the social-media accounts scrutinized by Samsundar and her allies, however, even belong to the right Elmi.

Samsundar was hardly a neutral observer or reporter in the matter. She is now a communications staffer for the Minnesota Republican Party and didn't respond to a request for comment.

Like other promoters of the smear, Samsundar had seized on social-media posts in which someone with Elmi's name refers to Omar as his "sister." But according to Somali language experts and language learning websites, "brother" and "sister" can be terms of endearment in Somali that don't necessarily constitute a familial relationship.

"It is good manners in Somali culture to use the term ‘brother/sister' even for cousins and strangers," anthropologist Bernhard Helander wrote in 1991.

Among the biographical details known about Elmi is that he went to high school in Minnesota and has been described by Omar as a British citizen. Elmi could not be reached for comment for this piece.

And that is how the right wing political operatives propagate a vicious smear against a sitting US congresswoman and then the lie ends up coming out of their President's mouth.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-19 09:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"All you do is repeat unfounded lies in pursuit of a discriminatory agenda."

If it ain't broke don't fix it, right?

#8 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-07-19 09:04 AM | Reply

"But according to Somali language experts and language learning websites, "brother" and "sister" can be terms of endearment in Somali that don't necessarily constitute a familial relationship."

I can't believe it was necessary to seek out the opinion of a Somali language expert to determine this when we live in a country where hippies, black people, and many many other groups of people speak to one another this way in this country.

#9 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-07-19 09:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

You married your sister , BOAZ. Prove you didn't.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-19 08:32 AM | Reply

"You prove I did"

Following Trump Rules all I have to say is that "some people are saying" you married your sister.

You can get a DNA test, you and your wife, which following Trump Rules I can then ridicule.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-19 09:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"There's a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother," Trump said. "I know nothing about it. I hear she was married to her brother."

This is just another racist smear. Fat Nixon knows that it is not based in fact and knows by saying it this way a) looks like he is distancing himself from it while b) adding to the smear by repeating it.

He knows the morons in his base will run with it just so long as it comes out of his pie hole just like this "Evidently, there's evidence she married her brother to scam the system."

Just like the morons that thought Hilary ran a child sex trafficking operation out of the basement of a pizza shop that does not have a basement. Did you believe that one too Boaz?

#11 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-07-19 09:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

first, even if it is a "term of endearment", she still probably married him just to get him citizenship, I notice you arent addressing that. She's a crook and cheat in the Democrat way. You still arent taking her to task on that very simple FACT she married someone just to get them into our nation.

#12 | Posted by boaz at 2019-07-19 09:20 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"You still arent taking her to task on that very simple FACT she married someone just to get them into our nation."

I know, it's a huge difference between that and marrying someone who was already here and not in compliance with their visa conditions to keep them here.

#13 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-07-19 09:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

she still probably married him just to get him citizenship

#12 | Posted by boaz at 2019-07-19 09:20 AM |

Why did Melania "probably" marry Trump?

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-19 09:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Why did Melania "probably" marry Trump?"

I tried to be a little more circumspect in pointing that out.

#15 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-07-19 09:26 AM | Reply

You still arent taking her to task on that very simple FACT she married someone just to get them into our nation.

Would you like to present concrete evidence that this is true?

All rightwing bigots need is innuendo and their sickness provides the rest. Does it even bother you that without a scintilla of actual evidence you are accusing an American citizen of a crime where more evidence exists that the President you adore actually committed?

#16 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-19 09:45 AM | Reply

#15 Because he's a (reputed) billionaire? If it was just to get citizenship, she could have snagged any number of more personable characters to marry.

#17 | Posted by Karabekian at 2019-07-19 09:55 AM | Reply

Omar is a better black American than you'll ever be, Boaz. For one very simple reason: she doesn't roll in the feces of the racist pig known as Donald J. Trump.

#18 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-07-19 09:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


Funny how Pres Trump didn't denounce it as "fake news."

Probably because he sees propagating it as a benefit to him.

Of course, it also shows just what he means when he does say "fake news."

#19 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-19 10:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Boaz is a revolting bag of human excrement.

Prove me wrong.

#20 | Posted by Angrydad at 2019-07-19 11:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

A lot of people say BOAZ is not really Black. He just pretends to be black so his racism is thinly disguised cause a Black dud is saying it.

I hear a lot of people say that. I know nothing about it, but I believe them.

#21 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-07-19 01:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Boaz is so racist it's shameful.

#22 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-19 01:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The other day (yesterday?) he was saying that he's not racist at all. Unbelievable.

#23 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-19 01:58 PM | Reply

It's funny how the low IQ troglodytes like the lily white racist redneck that is Boazo eat the lies up and parrot them back like the useful idiots they are. If Trump told his cult members to go jump off a
Cliff 75% of them would do it without question.

#24 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-19 02:03 PM | Reply

Boaz is so racist it's shameful.

I view Boaz as a bigoted supremacist. He holds his (and those in agreement's) views and opinions to be superior to anyone else's and discounts/dismisses/disparages same from those he opposes, usually by derisively and personally categorizing them negatively to underscore his own self-ascribed dominance.

It doesn't have to be about race, gender, orientation or any other hot-button topic. It's just that Boaz and his fellow travelers are always somehow better Americans than everybody else, regardless of the issue, unless you agree with him and them.

#25 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-19 02:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You still arent taking her to task on that very simple FACT she married someone just to get them into our nation.

#12 | POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2019-07-19 09:20 AM | FLAG: | FUNNY: 1

And if Bobby Jindal would have won the Republican primary you would have voted for and defended that anchor baby.

#26 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-07-19 02:48 PM | Reply

#25; IDK, pretending to be black specifically so you can say abhorrent, racially-provocative things seems pretty racist to me.

#27 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-07-19 02:49 PM | Reply

You still arent taking her to task on that very simple FACT she married someone just to get them into our nation.

#12 | POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2019-07-19 09:20 AM | FLAG: |

What's the big deal about that IF TRUE?? Mail order brides have been going on since forever.

#28 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-07-19 03:03 PM | Reply

What's the big deal about that IF TRUE?? Mail order brides have been going on since forever.

#28 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR AT 2019-07-19 03:03 PM | REPLY |

It doesn't matter when Tru.p does it.

#29 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-07-19 03:05 PM | Reply

Obama isn't American, thousands of New Jersey Arabs cheered 9/11, millions of illegals bused in to vote for Hillary, babies being executed...

Is there anything Trump's band of fools wouldn't fall for? Are they ever going to realize that Trump knows this crap isn't true and he's just playing them?

#30 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-07-19 03:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#27 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES

Boaz is black, and it's your racist white privilege that brings that argument to the table.

#31 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-19 03:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's just that Boaz and his fellow travelers are always somehow better Americans than everybody else, regardless of the issue, unless you agree with him and them.

#25 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

Pot meet Kettle.

Have you met Danni, Zed, Angrydud, or the rest of the DRdummycrat squad?

#32 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-19 03:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"racist white privilege"

This just in:
All whites are racist, because of white privilege!

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-19 03:31 PM | Reply

was unable to disprove that she married her brother to protect his immigration status.

How do you disprove something that didn't happen?

Also. Who cares what you think, Obama's actual birth certificate wasn't enough proof for you.

Boaz. When it comes down to it. You're as gullible as they come. The republicans have you trapped on their plantation.

#34 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-19 03:41 PM | Reply

Evidently, there's evidence she married her brother to scam the system.
#5 | POSTED BY BOAZ

You need to look up the definition of the word "evidently".

#35 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-07-19 04:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump just told reporters: "The first lady thinks that it's horrible what they said about Israel and horrible what they said about our country, these congresswomen. They cannot call our country and our people garbage. They can't be anti-Semitic. They can't talk about evil Jews, which is what they say, evil Jews. That's what the first lady thinks".

"...which is what they say, evil Jews".

They have never said anything like that. Another dangerous, anti-American, evil lie.

#36 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-07-19 05:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#5 | POSTED BY BOAZ

You're slipping even more than usual, big boy.

Just as bad as a birther.

Pathetic.

#37 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-07-19 05:31 PM | Reply

I hear a lot of people say that. I know nothing about it, but I believe them.
#21 | POSTED BY OLDWHISKEYSOUR AT 2019-07-19 01:16 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

Someone should demand BOAZ prove that he's not white. Until then, I call -------- and will call him out on his -------- every time he tries to veil his racism.

#38 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-07-19 05:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Boaz is black, and it's your racist white privilege that brings that argument to the table.
#31 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

So nice to see that you adhere to the notion that white privilege exists.

I'll keep that in mind for future reference.

#39 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-07-19 05:43 PM | Reply

Who cares what you think, Obama's actual birth certificate wasn't enough proof for you.
#34 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

Wasn't enough for him until Trump FINALLY declared that B. Hussein was born in the U.S.

#40 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-07-19 05:44 PM | Reply

You prove I did. Evidently, there's evidence she married her brother to scam the system.

Good deflection try though.

#5 | Posted by boaz

lots of people are talking about Boaz knockin up his sister.
I read about it on a very bigly website.

#41 | Posted by Scotty at 2019-07-19 06:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#31 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Just because you're gullible does not make Boaz black.

He's admitted before that its a lie; he lets it out occasionally.

#42 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-07-19 06:28 PM | Reply

He's admitted before that its a lie; he lets it out occasionally.
#42 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES

No he hasn't, Racist. Boaz is black.

now, apologize for your entitled white privilege.

#43 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-19 06:36 PM | Reply

So nice to see that you adhere to the notion that white privilege exists.
I'll keep that in mind for future reference.

#39 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11

Sure, write it down on the bottom of a Dixie cup, and store it in your medicine cabinet.

#44 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-19 06:37 PM | Reply

No he hasn't, Racist. Boaz is black.
#43 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Yes he did. Now it's on you to prove he didn't.

#45 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-07-19 06:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#41
Yeah, Scotty, I read that on some web site too. When he nailed his sister, he gave her the clap, she made it with her dad, who gave it to his mom who gave it to the UPS guy cause that UPS SOB ran over BOAZ's skate board.

Whadya spoze is with those blacks anyway?

I heard a lot of people saying that. He cant prove he didnt.

How bout it BOAZ, why'd ya do that? Was it really just to get back at the UPS guy?

#46 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-07-19 06:59 PM | Reply

Boaz is black, and it's your racist white privilege that brings that argument to the table.
#31 | POSTED BY SHEEPLE/Nobias/lieburg/JordyStPete

BS. You are just gullible enough to believe it.
You also claim to be an American, while you post from a Russian troll farm in St. Petersburg under at least 4 different names.

#47 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-19 08:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

#47 | POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON

That entire statement is a monument to your abject ignorance and stupidity.

#48 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-19 08:34 PM | Reply

I'll vouch for Boaz. He is black. And his name is Tom. At least that is what his nephew told me ;-)

#49 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-07-19 08:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

Boaz, if you don't respect the duly elected members of the American Congress, you can go back where you came from.

#50 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-07-20 07:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Boaz, if you don't respect the duly elected members of the American Congress, you can go back where you came from.

#50 | POSTED BY TFDNIHILIST

He came where most of the racist lily white rednecks came from.

Dumbf**kistan.

#51 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-20 07:50 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Y'all know that none of the four members of "the team" are going to be reelected. They are all one term wonders. Does anyone seriously believe they will get a cent from the DNC after calling Pelosi a racist? At this point, I am sure the party is seriously looking for challengers in the upcoming primaries. These women are the best thing Trump has going for him. It takes a lot to make the Damned Yankee look like a reasonable alternative to the Democrats, but they succeeded. If the clown car of candidates does not get down to two or three viable runners by December, the Jackass party is sunk.
#51 | Posted by aborted_monson Isn't that in California?

#52 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-20 10:52 AM | Reply

first, even if it is a "term of endearment", she still probably married him just to get him citizenship, I notice you arent addressing that. She's a crook and cheat in the Democrat way. You still arent taking her to task on that very simple FACT she married someone just to get them into our nation.

#12 | POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2019-07-19 09:20 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

This is a LIE composed in a cunning way. You're not interested in the truth or you would simply read the snopes article.

#53 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-21 10:26 AM | Reply

Facts are Kriptonite to BOAZ.

#54 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-07-21 11:12 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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