Fake News: Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar DID NOT Praise the Destruction of Notre Dame

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar DID NOT Praise the Destruction of Notre Dame

Did U.S. Reps. Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar praise the destruction of the Cathedral of Notre Dame? No, that's not true: It is a satirical story produced by a well-known hoax and satire publisher. The quotes from these members of congress are fake.

The story originated from an article published on April 16, 2019 titled "Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar Praised the Destruction of Notre Dame" (archived here) which opened:

The two women who have turned Congress into a circus were caught laughing and joking while the Notre Dame Cathedral burned yesterday, ultimately praising the destruction of the building in comments to the media. According to our reporter in the field, Bluto Larst:

"AOC and Omar were sitting on a couch in a resting area just laughing it up and having a good time. We approached them and asked them what they were laughing at. They said something about an unrelated issue and then pretended they hadn't heard about the church. They both scurried away to 'find out what happened.'

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar Praised the Destruction of Notre Dame

Have they no shame?

Fictional reporter Bluto Larst continued:

I caught up with them later and AOC said, "Maybe they should consider that...God has other plans sometimes and that the site...would make a lovely park.
Omar said she's glad the Catholics are 'paying for their coverups.' She said as a Muslim, she is 'relieved' that no Muslamics were hurt."

Rep. Omar posted a tweet about the cathedral fire expressing her thoughts.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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