Did Ilhan Omar say that deportation of Trump supporters would begin "after we win"? No, that's not true. The story was published by a liberal satire website that tries to mislead Trump supporters and Republicans into sharing made up stories that are clearly marked as satire when you actually click them. Articles from the site are frequently copied by foreign-run fake news websites. The people liking and sharing these stories are enriching foreign website operators or a liberal from Maine via the ad revenue generated with the content which is probably not what they expected or wanted.
The story originated from an article published by Taters Gonna Tate on November 24, 2019 titled "Ilhan Omar:'After We Win, Deportations Of Trump Supporters Begins'" (archived here) which opened:
Democrats prove that they are nothing more than fascist scum everyday. They want to restrict or take away all of our constitutional rights and freedoms and they demonstrate this desire everyday.
The latest example of a leftist announcing to the world they are perfect fascists comes from the mouth of Minnesota House Representative, Ilhan Omar, who recently told a colleague her party's plans for America should the democrats regain control of the White House:
"President Trump and his supporters have tried to destroy America with their criminal actions and constitutional violations. This cannot and will not go unpunished."
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Ilhan Omar:'After We Win, Deportations Of Trump Supporters Begins'
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The story was posted under two categories named "Muslammicy Bacony Goodness Satire" and "Satire and/or Conservative Fan Fiction" on a page with several satire disclaimers and logos that were prominently visible. In addition the page had an image of dancing potatoes in the header so it is be quite clear to even a casual observer that this was not a real news website.
The site is part of the "America's Last Line of Defense" network of satire websites run byself-professed liberal troll Christopher Blair from Maine along with a loose confederation of friends and allies. Blair has been in a feud with fact checking website Snopes for some time now and has also criticized other fact checkers in the past who labeled his work "fake news" instead of satire. In reaction to this he has recently rebranded all his active websites and Facebook pages so they carry extremely visible disclaimers everywhere.
This story is quite similar to an earlier one about Kamala Harris that the network put out some months ago which we wrote about here:
Fake News: Kamala Harris Did NOT Say 'After We Impeach, We Round Up The Trump Supporters' | Lead Stories
Did Kamala Harris threaten to round up Trump supporters and did she hint she would put them in prison camps after President Trump was impeached? No, that's not true. The story was published by a liberal satire website that tries to fool Trump supporters and Republicans into sharing made up stories that are clearly marked as satire when you actually click them.
Every site in the network has an about page that reads (in part):
Before you complain and decide satire is synonymous with "comedy":
The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
Everything on this website is fiction. It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined. Any similarities between this site's pure fantasy and actual people, places, and events are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and satirical. See above if you're still having an issue with that satire thing.
Articles from Blair's sites frequently get copied by "real" fake news sites who often omit the satire disclaimer and any other hints the stories are fake. Blair has tried to get these sites shut down in the past but new ones keep cropping up.
Here is a video of Blair explaining how his process works:
If you are interested in learning more about Blair and the history of his sites, here is something to get you started:
The Ultimate Christopher Blair and America's Last Line of Defense Reading List | Lead Stories
STORY UPDATED: check for updates below. Yesterday Eli Saslow at the Washington Post wrote a fantastic article about Christopher Blair, a man from Maine who has been trolling conservatives and Trump supporters online for years and occasionally even made a living out of it.
If you see one of his stories on a site that does not contain a satire disclaimer, assume it is fake news. If you do see the satire disclaimer it is of course also fake news.
NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes tatersgonnatate.com as:
A site that publishes false stories and hoaxes that are often mistaken for real news, part of a network named America's Last Line of Defense run by hoax perpetrator Christopher Blair.
According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.
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