Congresswoman Ilhan Omar recently admitted that she knowingly shared a false story to 400 students during a speech at Richfield High School in Minneapolis.
Omar described a story about a “sweet, old … African American lady” who was arrested for stealing a $2 loaf of bread which she stole to feed her 5-year-old granddaughter. According to the story, the old lady spent the weekend in jail.
Omar claimed that she was in the courtroom and yelled “Bulls—!” when the woman was fined $80.
The Washington Post followed up with the story and according to Omar, the entire story was fabricated.
“I’m not sure. … The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember,” the Minnesota Democrat said in an interview. “She might have had a prior [arrest].” Omar explained.
City officials later came forward and destroyed the story, saying that shoplifters don’t go to prison unless there is a violent confrontation.
“I grew up in an extremely unjust society,” Omar said during the 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.”
Check out what the Washington Post reported:
After spending the weekend in jail, the woman was led into the courtroom and fined $80 — a penalty she couldn’t pay. “I couldn’t control my emotions,” Omar continued, “because I couldn’t understand how a roomful of educated adults could do something so unjust.”
“Bulls—!” she recalled yelling in the courtroom.
Laughter rippled through the auditorium, then silence.
Omar’s story echoed the plot of “Les Miserables.” If true, it is also probably embellished. City officials said that police aren’t allowed to arrest people for shoplifting unless there’s a likelihood of violence or further crime. Typically, shoplifters are sentenced to attend a three-hour class.
In an interview, Omar said she may have flubbed some facts. “She might have had a prior [arrest],” Omar said. “I’m not sure. .?.?. The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember.”
After the speech, the students, who were mostly minorities, swarmed the congresswoman. “It’s great to have a representative who looks like the people she represents,” a white student said.
An African American student asked about mentors: “I have none,” Omar said. “You don’t need people to guide you. You can guide yourself.”
A Somali girl in a hijab asked how she weathered the attacks on her appearance, her patriotism and her religion from the president and Fox News. “I refuse to give oxygen to people who suck out oxygen,” Omar replied.
“I like that,” the girl said.
The lights flipped off in the auditorium. The students had missed their lunch period. Omar, who was already running 30 minutes behind schedule, made her way toward the exit, stopping every few steps for another selfie.
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