Rep. Ilhan Omar just confessed to falsifying a story that she shared in front of 400 high school students after reporters researched her comments and caught her in her lie.
The Washington Examiner reported that while speaking to hundreds of high school students at Richfield High School in Minneapolis, Omar shared an anecdote from her days as a Minneapolis city councilman five years ago. The congresswoman described a “sweet, old … African American lady” who got arrested for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed to her starving 5-year-old granddaughter and spent the weekend in jail. Omar claimed that she was in court when the woman was brought in, and that she yelled, “Bulls—!” when the woman was fined $80 that she couldn’t afford to pay.
After the speech, which Omar was thirty minutes late for, reporters with the Washington Post researched her claims. After not being able to find anything to back up her version of events, they confronted Omar about the story.
“I’m not sure. … The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember,” Omar told them. “She might have had a prior [arrest].”
Objective reporting for the educated American.
City officials have since completely debunked the story, pointing out that law enforcement is not even allowed to arrest shoplifters unless it’s violent or they have likely committed another crime. They added that shoplifters typically get nothing more than a three-hour punishment for their crime.
Omar did not let something as simple as facts get in the way of her using this fake story to try and shame America.
“I grew up in an extremely unjust society,” Omar said in her speech, “and the only thing that made my family excited about coming to the United States was that the United States was supposed to be the country that guaranteed justice to all. So I feel it necessary for me to speak about that promise that’s not kept.”
In the end, reporters with the Washington Post had no choice but to completely debunk the story, saying that it “echoed the plot of Les Miserables.”
This comes as Omar has found herself involved in multiple scandals in recent weeks, as mounting evidence has come out indicating that she once married her own brother to skirt immigration laws after moving to the United States from Somalia. In addition, she has been accused of illegally misusing campaign funds, and calls are growing for her to be placed under investigation.