Fake News: Rep. Ilhan Omar Did Not Say 'All White Men Should Be Put In Chains As Slaves'

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Rep. Ilhan Omar Did Not Say 'All White Men Should Be Put In Chains As Slaves'

Did Did U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar say that all white men should be put in chains as slaves because they will never submit to Islam? No, that's not true: It is a made-up quote included in a meme that has circulated on social platforms and repeatedly discredited since Omar became the first Somali woman elected to the U.S. congress in November 2018.

The meme began circulating after the 2018 mid-term election and reappeared in a post (archived here) published on May 1, 2019 under the title "Her Own Twitter Words". It opened:

This is what social media users see:

The meme falsely claimed that the quotes were from Omar tweets, however, there is no evidence that ever happened. Actually, the first quote -- "I am America's hope and the president's nightmare" -- is something Omar said in an interview with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show in July 2017, which she was a Minnesota state representative.

See that interview here:

The photograph used in the meme is from a Time magazine feature on Omar after she was elected to congress. No where in the story did she say anything about white men and Islam. Read it here.

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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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