Conservatives fall for fake Ilhan Omar tweet calling for ‘violence’ against Trump

The fictitious image continues to spread on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Jan 9, 2020, 4:27 pm

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Mikael Thalen 

Mikael Thalen

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A fake tweet alleging to show Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) calling for violence in the wake of growing tensions between the U.S. and Iran is being circulated online.

“There is no way to overstate how ASHAMED I am to be called an ‘American,'” the fake tweet begins. “We need every world leader to ruse up and demand that someone stops Trump from starting a catastrophic war with Iran.”

The fictitious message ends with an all-caps plea asserting that “THE TIME FOR VIOLENCE IS NOW!”

The fabricated image, according to FactCheck.org, appears to have been based on a real tweet Omar sent out last Friday.

“There is no way to overstate how dangerous this is,” the real tweet says. “We need every voice to rise up and demand that Congress stop Trump from starting a catastrophic war with Iran.”

One of the Twitter accounts to first spread the image, which attempted to pass itself off as a “Fox News Channel” account, has been suspended by Twitter. The image has also been seen on Facebook and Instagram.

Reports indicate that Darrell Scott, the CEO of Trump campaign group National Diversity Coalition For Trump, also repeated the false claim that Omar was “ashamed” to be an American on his Facebook page.

Scott’s false assertion was later shared on Twitter by David Wohl, the father of pro-Trump grifter Jacob Wohl.

“She’s the biggest mistake our immigration authorities ever made,” the elder Wohl stated.

While some instances of the false tweet have been removed, the image is still easily found on several major social networks.

The incident follows the death of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike last week. Iran has since retaliated by launching several missiles at U.S. military sites in Iraq.

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H/T FactCheck.org

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