Fake News: Omar Did NOT Defend Iran, Did NOT Pledge To Help Them Stop Trump

Hoax Alert

  • by: Molly Weisner

Did Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar side with Iran and pledge she would help the country stop President Trump? No, that's not true: a video took a tweet by Omar out of context.

Omar, from Minnesota, did question whether the killing of top Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani was a distraction aimed to further escalate Iran-U.S. relations to the brink of war. But to say she went further in comments to defend Iran or claim she would single-handedly stop Trump is false.

The claim originated from a video, viewed nearly one million times, published by Breaking Story on January 6, 2020, titled "After Squad Member Ilhan Omar Defends Iran - She Pledges To Help Them Stop President Trump" (archived here), which was titled:

After Squad Member Ilhan Omar Defends Iran - She Pledges To Help Them Stop President Trump

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The video, linked below, claims that those in government should praise the assassination of Soleimani instead of fighting it - that it was a strong defensive measure by the U.S. instead of an act of aggression:

This is not true, although Omar did show her skepticism on Twitter, responding to a thread by Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy saying that the Soleimani attack may have been an intentional and risky operation given the U.S.'s shaky relations with Iran:

Omar did say that she would help Congress stop Trump from starting a war with Iran:

While she said she would team with others in Congress to step up and block any further inciting of conflict with Iran, she never made any mention of allying with Iranians to fight against Trump.

The video also quotes a Washington Examiner story, which featured the same tweet from Omar.

At the time of this writing, House members have pushed for a vote to block funding for military action against Iran. The legislation would not allow federal dollars to be spent on any action against Iran without Congress' approval.

Given the mass sharing of war memes online and concerns about the fallout from the Soleimani attack, misleading information on this conflict is even more threatening.

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  Molly Weisner

Molly is a staff writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories based in North Carolina. She is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying media and journalism, with a specific interest in investigative reporting. Molly is also a reporter on several projects based out of UNC's journalism school, including another fact-checking initiative and an online weekly for a former news desert in Chatham County, North Carolina. Molly has also pursued freelance reporting in tracking the juvenile justice system in North Carolina.

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