Samantha Putterman
By Samantha Putterman January 15, 2020

Ilhan Omar didn’t call for violence against Trump over Middle East

A fake tweet attributed to Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar says she called for violence against President Donald Trump over Iran.

Screenshots of the tweet, which shows a Twitter handle profile photo that matches Omar’s verified @IlhanMN account, are being shared on Facebook. The image of the tweet bears a Jan. 3 timestamp and reads

"There is no way to overstate how ASHAMED I am to be called an ‘American.’ We need every world leader to rise up and demand that someone stops Trump from starting a catastrophic war with Iran. THE TIME FOR VIOLENCE IS NOW! #NoWarWithIran."

It also displays a graphic of Omar with text overlayed that says "No War With Iran."

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

This is a photoshopped version of a real tweet Omar posted that day. 

The original tweet, which includes the same graphic with the words "No War With Iran," was posted at 3:39 p.m. on Jan. 3. In it, Omar wrote:

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"There is no way to overstate how dangerous this is. We need every voice to rise up and demand that Congress stop Trump from starting a catastrophic war with Iran. Sign the petition → http://bit.ly/IranPetitionIO #NoWarWithIran."

Omar shared the tweet one day after President Trump ordered the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. 

Some of the Facebook posts that feature a picture of the doctored tweet also show that it was posted the same day by a Twitter account called "Fox News Channel" with the handle @FoxNewsChanUS. Though we could not find the account on Twitter, the account is not actually associated with Fox News.

Alex Kaplan, a researcher for the liberal group Media Matters for America reported on Jan. 4 that the account had been suspended. In a Twitter thread, Kaplan wrote that the fake account pretending to be Fox News posted the altered Omar tweet, and has posted several other hoaxes involving other public figures in the past.

While the fake account was reportedly suspended by Twitter shortly after it posted the doctored tweet, screenshots of it continue to be shared on social media.

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