Rep. Ilhan Omar deleted a tweet referring to her father as “Nur Said,” a name that bolstered the case that she married her brother since, in Somalian culture, the father’s name becomes part of the son’s last name.
A spokesperson for the Minnesota Democrat said the name she tweeted was an Arabic phrase that she said was her father’s nickname.
But most Somalis speak Somali, not Arabic; her sister listed Nur Said as her father’s official name on her marriage certificate; and a news profile also used the name before abruptly scrubbing it.
Rep. Ilhan Omar deleted a tweet referring to her father as Nur Said — evidence that bolstered the case that her ex-husband, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, is her brother. A spokesperson for the Minnesota Democrat said the name in the tweet was only a nickname, but other details contradict that explanation.
“Happy Father’s Day to my aabo Nur Said, I am forever grateful to Allah for giving me the best father a … ” the June 2013 tweet, which was deleted early Tuesday morning, said.
In Somalian culture, the father’s name becomes part of the son’s last name.
Omar’s spokesperson said Wednesday that Nur Said is actually a nickname.
“Nur Said means ‘Happy Light’ and it’s been her dad’s nickname since he was a kid. He has a public page with the same name. She isn’t deleting it for the disturbing and hateful reasons that are being implied … ” the statement said.
There are at least three contradictions with that explanation.