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Far-right trolls push fake Ilhan Omar quote about enslaving white men

The meme started out on Facebook.


David Gilmour


Posted on Nov 19, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:16 am CDT

Far-right trolls are circulating a fake quote intending to depict Minnesota’s Democratic Representative-elect Ilhan Omar as racist and already some social media users are threatening her over it.

The inflammatory meme, which first appeared on Facebook, uses Omar’s picture from a recent Time magazine cover and features a fabricated quote captioned beneath.

“I am America’s hope and the president’s nightmare,” the text reads. “I think all white men should be put in chains as slaves because they will never submit to Islam.”

The first half of the quote is real, spoken by Omar during in response to a question with that framing on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah in July 2017, but the second portion about “white men” is completely fake.

The meme was flagged as in violation of Facebook’s rules to combat fake news and misinformation, but by that time it had already spread across the internet.

On Twitter, it went viral as some users pushed the quote as truth.

Omar responded dismissively in a tweet on Monday.

Many Twitter users rallied around her in support.

Fellow Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that the racist conspiracy against Omar as “completely unacceptable” and criticized social media platforms for failing to act.

Unfortunately, this kind of prejudice and targeted attacks by the far-right are something that Omar has regularly come face-to-face with since she publicly announced her candidacy for Congress.

Omar, a Somali-American woman who came to the U.S. as a refugee, joined Rashida Tlaib in winning their congressional races in early November to become the first Muslim women members of the House of Representatives.

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*First Published: Nov 19, 2018, 3:02 pm CST