In an attempt to discredit freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, President Trump has suggested that the young woman was “married to her brother.” This accusation was first used against the elected Congresswoman during her 2018 campaign. Because Omar is tired of hearing about how people misunderstand her family situation, she came forward with the help of her campaign spokesperson Ben Goldfarb.
“I’m not legally married to two people, but I am legally married to one and culturally married to another.”
Because critics were trying to discredit Ilhan Omar’s campaign in her fight to represent the people of Minnesota, they are looking at anything that can put her life into question. As a refugee from Somalia, Omar has become a target of conservative pundits.
Nevertheless, Omar has fought hard against the allegations that have come forward. Despite their inaccuracy, Omar has taken time to address them, calling them “Baseless, absurd rumors.” She added that her accusers are engaging in “Islamaphobia.”
However, in the campaign email, it was also stated that it might be better to come forward with all the background information about the complex marriage situation to help relieve the public’s concern about how it all worked.
“We are probably in a position where giving real background information is helpful in tying this up. That said, having now tried to write a statement multiple times that says, ‘I’m not legally married to two people but I’m legally married to one and culturally married to another.’ I think it’s impossible without making it even more confusing.”
Back in 2016, Omar told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that she married Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, her first husband, in accordance with their Muslim “faith tradition” back in 2002. They had two children together and later filed for divorce in their “faith tradition” back in 2008. There was never a marriage certificate issued, and there was no documentation at the time of their divorce.
A year later, Omar married Somali immigrant to Britain, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. This was an official marriage according to the state registry. Christian minister Wilecia Harris officiated their marriage. Harris is now the pastor at Great and Mighty Works Ministries in Richfield, Minnesota.
Because Omar was an American citizen, she did not feel like she had to follow the “Somali” tradition in her marriage. She wanted to marry the man she loved the way Americans get married. Because she no longer considered her birth country’s “faith tradition” to be valid in America – and since she had already dissolved it with her first husband – she felt free to marry the man she loved.
However, things did not work out too well with this new husband. She had another “faith-based” divorce with the second husband, who fled back to London. Omar then resumed her relationship with her first ex-husband and had a third child with him.
However, you want to spin this complicated situation, one thing is clear – it is very complex. These details have proven to be very difficult for Omar as she tries to put the past behind her and fight for her Minnesota constituents in Washington, D.C.