Ilhan Omar has slammed controversial Republican congressman Steve King’s claims that there would be no population left if not for ‘rape and incest’, while simultaneously bashing her GOP critics.
‘Gross! This would explain why these weirdos are fixed on smearing me with claims of incest. Projecting their filth, unreal,’ she tweeted Wednesday in response to King’s remarks.
The ‘filth’ the Democratic congresswoman is alluding to are allegations that she married her brother in order to fraud immigration – one that has been peddled by many of her adversaries, including president Donald Trump.
‘There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it,’ Trump told reporters in June.
Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar responded to Rep Steve King’s incest remarks via Twitter on Wednesday
The ‘filth’ the Democratic congresswoman is alluding to are allegations that she married her brother in order to fraud immigration
Omar’s personal life has come under a microscope with questions concerning her second marriage to Ahmed Elmi, after multiple reports identified him as her brother.
She had previously been married in the Islamic faith to Ahmed Hirsi, but the marriage was never formalized. She had two children with him before they supposedly split shortly before she married Elmi.
However records suggest that Omar, Elmi and Hirsi all lived together for a while and by marrying Omar, Elmi, now 34, was allowed to enter the United States and attend North Dakota State.
They are said to have split after a couple of years but Omar waited until 2017 to divorce him and in the meantime she got back with Hirsi and had a third child in 2012.
But her second marriage to Hirsi was short-lived — as DailyMail.com reported exclusively last month she has now moved out of the family home and into a penthouse apartment in the trendy Mill District of Minneapolis.
Omar has consistently refused to talk in detail about her marriage to Elmi until alluding to it today in her tweet condemning King.
Omar’s private life has become the subject of massive speculation amid accusations that her second husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi right) is in fact her brother and she only married him to get him entry to the United States
Omar had recently split with her husband Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her three children
King told a conservative crowd at an event in a suburb of Des Moines, ‘What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest?
‘Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t certify that I was not a part of a product of that,’ he stated at the Iowa event.
The Des Moines Register reports that the Republican added, ‘It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother.’
And Omar was not the only politician to hit out at King’s disturbing remarks.
His comments were quickly condemned by Democrat J.D. Scholten, who’s vying for his seat in the House of Representatives, presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa and the House Republican Conference chairwoman.
And nearly every 2020 presidential candidate followed suit, lambasting King and fishing for contributions for Scholten.
Appearing on CNN, Kamala Harris burst into laughter after a clip of King making the offending remarks and then speculating that he’s likely a product of rape and incest played out.
‘These guys are just out of their minds. Like, what is that?’ she said of King, Donald Trump and the Republicans’ rhetoric. ‘What is going on with these people?’
GOP leader Liz Cheney was one of the few Republicans to speak out against King in the immediate aftermath of his remarks.
‘Today’s comments by [Steve King] are appalling and bizarre. As I’ve said before, it’s time for him to go. The people of Iowa’s 4th congressional district deserve better,’ she said.
King’s comments were quickly condemned by Democrat J.D Scholten, who’s vying for his seat in the House of Representatives
Nearly every 2020 presidential candidate followed suit, lambasting King and fishing for contributions for Scholten, including Kamala Harris
GOP leader Liz Cheney was one of the few Republicans to speak out against King in the immediate aftermath of his remarks
Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the House, also condemned King.
In an interview on ‘Special Report’ on Fox News, he said, ‘I have a great deal of problems with that. This isn’t the first time I’ve had concerns of what Steve King has said. Earlier in this Congress, there are things that Steve King said that I do not believe the party of Lincoln would stand for.
‘We actually removed Steve King from his committees inside Congress, and I think this just continues to show why that action was taken,’ he said.
King’s remarks are the latest in a long line of controversies which have made the Republican a virtual outcast from his own party.
He announced in February that he would seek a 10th term, in spite of comments he made on ‘white nationalism’ that he claims were taken out of context.
‘I am running in 2020,’ he said at the time and added that: ‘I have nothing to apologize for.’
Trump will be on top of the ticket in the upcoming election, and it’s unclear what kind of help he’ll give King, who must first defeat three Republican primary challengers to win the nomination.