Apparently Donald Trump mentioned “offhandedly,” but likely with intent, that Ilhan Omar may have married her brother. This seemed to catch even many Republicans by surprise, which surprises me. Scott Johnson at Powerline has been reporting this for over a year and I thought lots of people knew that. Here is the most recent research https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/07/david-steinberg-tying-up-loose-threads-in-the-curious-case.php, in case you missed it. It is quite convincing that she married her brother in 2009 in an immigration manipulation, and that this is not only fraud, but bigamy. This, in addition to the years of tax fraud she is accused of, though I don’t know anything about that. I admit I am predisposed to believe it. It brings up the very interesting story of how little news suppression is needed to be effective. There are suddenly some Democrats saying – I think sincerely, at least for some – that they had not heard of this before.
The Powerline accounts will of course be biased toward the POV “Hey, we’ve been saying this repeatedly for months but the major newspapers and networks won’t pick it up.” They have reported it being treated dismissively, of conservative conspiracy theorists manufacturing mountains out of molehills. With that signal, other news providers have shrugged and said “Oh, of course. That’s what’s really happening here. We’ll just move along, sir. It’s just more Birthers and whatnot.”
Therefore it has not even made it to page three status and has caught people by surprise. It takes very few liars for such things to succeed, though it takes a great many people of lesser dishonesty, just shrugging and not being intellectually rigorous. While the evidence is tedious to wade through – evidence often is – it is not difficult in any way. It includes such things as a single FB account with a name change from Leila Eimi to Leyla Cilmi, with the same (now rather recognizable) photo, immediately as the first reports of this came out. Yeah, it’s the same person. Same account, similar names, same photo. I don’t know how one would construct that as evidence in a court case to prove it, but it looks res ipsa loquitur to me. Your mileage may vary. The evidence looks damning to me, but I lost my objectivity on this over a year ago, when I only knew of her as a mildly irritating new member of Congress. Someone else might see holes in that I missed.