Socialist Congresswoman Ilhan Omar doesn’t want to talk about her brother-husband, and she’s not doing “ambush interviews” about allegations she filed multiple years of false federal tax returns.
Omar repeatedly ignored unanswered questions about serious allegations she married her brother as part of an immigration scheme, then lied on her taxes by filing jointly with a man she wasn’t married to, when confronted by a reporter from Rebel Media outside the Capitol on Wednesday.
“BREAKING VIDEO: Ilhan Omar refuses to answer a simple question: did she marry her brother? This is hugely embarrassing – the answer should be simple,” Rebel Media’s Keean Bexte posted to Twitter. “It leads me to believe that the reports of her brotherly bigamy are true. Horrifying.”
Bexte catches Omar as she walks between buildings with her staff and he peppers her with questions she’s so far ignored or dismissed as a racist witch hunt. Allegations posted to a Somali website during Omar’s campaign for state office revealed she wasn’t legally married to the man she referred to in public as her husband, but rather a Britain named Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.
Conservative bloggers combed through social media posts and found evidence Said Elmi is related to Omar, likely her brother. Others revealed public records that showed Said Elmi, Omar, and the father of her three children, Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, lived at the same South Dakota address throughout of Omar’s marriage to Said Elmi, whom she did not legally divorce until 2017.
Public records also show she filed joint tax returns with Hirsi for years while married to Said Elmi, which is a felony for most citizens.
Omar offered a half-hearted explanation during her campaign for the Minnesota House, but has refused to discuss lingering questions, including the evidence of tax fraud uncovered by Minnesota officials just this month.
“The mainstream media doesn’t have the cojones to actually ask her these questions, so I’m here in Washington, D.C. She has a press conference and I’m going to ask her some questions,” Bexte said in the video.
“Ilhan, if I could get a moment of your time,” Bexte said, approaching the congresswoman from her left as she walked and talked with a staffer. “Can you tell me why you filed illegal tax returns in 2014 and 2015?”
Omar simply ignored him and continued to talk to her staffer.
“Can you tell me definitively or not, is Ahmed Elmi your brother?” he continued.
“Is he your brother?” Bexte pressed as she swatted at his microphone.
“Ahhh,” Omar said, waving away the camera as she turned back to her staffer to discuss where they were heading.
“It’s Foreign Affairs,” Bexte said, “I’ll go with you.”
The comment prompted the congresswoman to smile and acknowledge the camera.
“Can you tell me definitively, is he your brother? And why can’t you answer that question?” Bexte continued.
“Why did you refer to him as your child’s uncle on Instagram, and why did you lie on court documents saying you hadn’t seen him since 2011, when in fact you had been talking to him all the time on Instagram?”
“Excuse me, sir,” the staffer interjected, “we’re not doing ambush interviews.”
“So you can send me an email …”
“This isn’t an ambush,” Bexte shot back. “Why are you so afraid to answer these questions? How can anyone take you credibly on the student loan tax file, when you were cheating on your taxes in 2014? And how can you call for Donald Trump’s tax filings when no one can trust you on the file at all?”
“And why are you scared to answer the questions?” Bexte persisted, inching his microphone closer to the lawmaker, so simply smiled and ignored him.
“Excuse me,” Omar said, looking down to dig through her purse.
“What are you hiding?” Bexte said.
“I’m trying to find my phone at the moment,” Omar replied.
“So that you can go on Instagram and talk to your brother?” Bexte snapped.
The lawmaker and her entourage then made an abrupt turn between vehicles to make a getaway.
Omar’s silence is notable because she seemed more than willing to speak with the same reporter about the alleged “concentration camps” housing illegal immigrants who cross the southern border.
— The Rebel (@TheRebelTV) June 21, 2019
In a similar interview, Omar told Bexte “there are camps and people are being concentrated.
“This is very simple. I don’t even know why this is a controversial thing for her to say,” Omar said, referring to fellow Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who made the comparison to Nazi death camps in an Instagram video.