Somali Community Leader Who Exposed Ilhan Omar 'Fears for Life' After Threats
Wheelchair-bound Abdihakim Osman leaked information on Omar's marriage history
A Somali community leader, who came forward with information suggesting Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) married her own brother, says he has been bombarded with threats and now fears for his life.
Wheelchair-bound Abdihakim Osman recently went on the record saying leftist congresswoman Omar married her biological brother as part of an immigration scam to "get him papers" so he could enter the United States.
Osman, Omar's long time friend, revealed that the congresswoman told people in their community years ago that her second husband was, in fact, her brother.
“People began noticing that Ilhan and Southside (Hirsi) were often with a very effeminate young guy [Ahmed Elmi],’" Osman said, according to the Daily Mail.
“He was very feminine in the way he dressed — he would wear light lipstick and pink clothes and very, very, short shorts in the summer. People started whispering about him.”
“[Hirsi] and Ilhan both told me it was Ilhan’s brother, and he had been living in London, but he was mixing with what were seen as bad influences that the family did not like,” Osman added.
In response to the exposé, a woman close to Omar posted a YouTube video packed with degrading insults about disabled Osman and pressed members of her Somali-American clan to go after him, according to the Daily Mail.
Osman has made a complaint to police in Minneapolis and repeatedly demanded that YouTube take down the offending video — which was met with silence from the media giant until the Daily Mail asked why it was still on the site.
It finally removed it on March 10, replacing it with a note saying: "This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s policy on harassment and bullying."
In the video, the woman, Malyun Ali, asked members of Omar’s Majeerteen clan "What is wrong with you?
"Why are you not protecting us from this nasty man who is composed only of a head and a stomach," she added, insulting his disabled status.
"You Majeerteen men…why don’t you defend us from this person…this fat ram who gets money taken from the taxes we pay."
She went on to say Osman has a "big bell, small udder, pillar-like head" and mocked his disability which was caused by contracting polio as a child in Somalia.
"You Majeerteen men, we despise you," she added, talking to her clan members.
"You are letting this ox seated on the ground harass us.
"Why don’t you stop this crippled dog?"
Osman, 40, came forward last month to confirm that Omar, a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota, had married her own brother, Ahmed Elmi, to allow him to get student loans in the United States.
Elmi and Omar both went to North Dakota State University.
Osman said Elmi suddenly appeared in the Somali community in Minneapolis in the late 2000s and both Omar and her then-husband Ahmed Hirsi told him that Elmi was her brother.
He said no-one knew they had married until the press uncovered their marriage certificate many years later, which showed they had gone to a Christian minister to perform the service even though they are both Muslim.
Osman was particularly close to Hirsi — the father of Omar’s three children — and occasionally helped out at his hookah bar.
Now though, he says he is living in fear.
"I am very careful where I go. I have changed all my routines," he said through an interpreter.
"I am sure they will do something and make it look random. I am very worried and I am very scared.
"But I want to make it clear — I’m pre-reporting so when it does happen people will know it is because of this video."
He said he believes followers of Ali — a popular Somali YouTube personality — will eventually get him.
"They will retaliate either by setting me up for a crime or something or they will physically harm me," he said.
"YouTube will have to bear the consequences if anything happens to me," he said before the video was removed.
"I am a disabled man and she is threatening me.
"It has been shared thousands of times."
Despite the threats he has received, Osman said he does not regret his decision to come forward and tell what he says is the truth about 37-year-old Omar.
"I decided to out her and to use my name and I am proud and happy that I did."