Since winning a seat in Congress in 2018, Democrat Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has been touted as a rising star on the ideological left, and like many other up-and-coming liberal phenoms, Omar has a tendency to play fast and loose with the truth in order to advance a political agenda.
Somewhat surprisingly, the notoriously biased and liberal-leaning Washington Post has called Omar out for some of her less-than-truthful remarks and, perhaps even more surprising, Omar actually admitted that she may have gotten the facts wrong — in other words, lied.
The tale of stolen bread
The Post recently published a lengthy piece on Omar’s “complicated” American story and began with an account of a speech she delivered to high school students in which she related a personal anecdote containing facts which, to many, simply did not ring true.
Omar’s story of “American racism, cruelty, and injustice” allegedly occurred when she was an aide to a Minneapolis City Council member who sent her to the local courthouse to observe its proceedings. The authors of the Post piece wrote, “There, she recalled encountering a ‘sweet, old…African American lady’ who had been arrested for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed her ‘starving 5-year-old granddaughter.'”
Omar said the woman had spent the weekend in jail and was then ordered by the court to pay an $80 fine, a sentence that prompted Omar to yell out “Bulls—!”
“I couldn’t control my emotions,” Omar said, “because I couldn’t understand how a roomful of educated adults could do something so unjust.”
Though perhaps sympathetic to the underlying message Omar was attempting to convey, even the Post’s journalists suspected something was amiss with the congresswoman’s recollection, noting its distinct similarity to the tragic tale of of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and writing, “If true, it is also probably embellished.”
As it turns out, police in Minneapolis are not permitted to arrest anyone for simple shoplifting alone unless there is also a likelihood of violence or there other crimes involved in the incident. Further, the typical sentence for a shoplifter is mandatory attendance at a three-hour class.
Omar admitted to her interviewers from The Post that she may have gotten some of the facts wrong in the story she shared with the students. “She might have had a prior [arrest],” Omar recalled. “I’m not sure…The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember.”
History of “botched facts”
Later in the article, the authors gave passing mention to just a few of the many controversies that surround Omar before highlighting additional topics on which the congresswoman has “botched basic facts,” such as her claim that roughly 45% of military families require food stamps to get by — an assertion intended to portray Republicans as uncaring even about the troops — when according to the Pentagon that number is closer to 5%.
There are countless other instances where Omar has not been forthcoming about “basic facts” — particularly those regarding her marital history. The obvious conclusion to be drawn is that Omar and the truth have a “complicated” relationship indeed.
Hopefully, as Omar’s habit of dishonesty becomes all the more obvious even to members of the typically friendly liberal media, her star will rapidly fade and the Democratic Party will have to find some other hot new liar to advance their anti-American narrative.