In August 2018, the Associated Press reported that 90 Muslim Americans had jumped into races for everything from school board to Congress since the start of the election cycle. While only about 50 candidates remain since the recent primaries, the number is still higher than it has been since before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Comparatively, only about one dozen Muslims ran for office in 2016. That’s a 650% increase in Muslims running for political office in the US in only one year.
In 2016, Ilhan Ilhan Omar’s website attributed her win to immigrant Somalis: “More than 250 volunteers and 450 individual donors supported Ilhan’s campaign. ‘I am so proud that the majority of contributions to my campaign are from members of the Somali community who believe in my leadership,’” the site said. Somalis in other states supported her, including Washington state and Ohio.
One Muslim Democrat politician, in particular, is being questioned for her outspoken antisemitic comments on Twitter as well as her alleged marriage to her own brother.
In 2016, two Minnesota journalists — Scott Johnson of Powerline and Preya Samsundar of AlphaNewsMN — researched an anonymous tip about Ilhan Omar. The tipster had presented evidence that Omar married her brother in 2009, and was still legally his wife as of 2016. The tipster had also asserted that Omar may have done it to help her brother commit immigration fraud. Further, the tipster had noted that Omar has been “culturally” married to, and living with, a second man since 2002 — the father of her three children.
Her brother was a British citizen. “As soon as Ilhan Omar married him,” the post continues, “he started university at her [a]lma mater North Dakota State University where he graduated in 2012. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Minneapolis where he was living in a public housing complex and was later evicted. He then returned to the United Kingdom where he now lives.”
Simple online searches of public civil records and social media immediately proved parts of the story to be true.
Samsundar discovered additional compelling evidence and even managed to get in touch with the apparent husband/brother, who currently lives in London. He proceeded to talk himself into a pickle trying to answer Samsundar’s questions.
For doing their jobs admirably, Johnson and Samsundar were subsequently labeled “Islamophobes” and bigots. Omar’s own representatives lashed out with such comments.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune and “alternative weekly” City Pages — though they certainly “followed up” on the story — offered minimal effort beyond publishing official comments from Omar’s campaign. After first blaming anti-Muslim bigotry, Omar changed tactics by offering an eyebrow-raising statement that left specific evidence and accusations unaddressed.
It worked. Virtually all media outlets that covered the allegations seemed content with Omar’s official statement. She was soon sworn in — the first Muslim Somali to be elected to a U.S. state legislature. That achievement landed her the cover of Time.
Now Omar is pursuing an open federal seat, and a growing list of Democrats, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D), have endorsed this self-described “intersectional feminist.” The district party officially endorsed Omar at a hastily assembled convention; she took 68% of the delegates’ votes.
The day after a horrific attack on a synagogue in Pittsburg by a Trump-hating anti-semite, a vile, anti-Jew tweet from female Somali Muslim immigrant, turned Democrat candidate for US Congress has been revealed.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2012
Here is a screenshot of the tweet, just in case it’s deleted:
In August, independent journalist and Jewish American, Laura Loomer confronted Ilhan Omar and MI Muslim, Rashida Tlaib, who are both running for Congress, about their support for the terror group Hamas, and their hatred for President Trump. She also asked Omar about her marrying her brother and her vote against FGM (female genitalia mutilation) in the MN Congress that would make anyone who committed this heinous act against young girls a felony.
— Mark K. Jacobs (@MarxDribble) October 27, 2018