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On Rep. Omar and Social Security

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CLAIM: Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota who is up for re-election this year, vowed to cut Social Security entitlements for seniors if she wins another term.

THE FACTS: There is no evidence Omar ever said this. The article being shared on social media this week matches the text of an older, satirical article.

Just over a week before Omar will defend her congressional seat in Minnesota’s primary election, a fake article that misrepresents her campaign platform has been circulating widely on Facebook.

The article attributes the following quote to Omar: “These old people haven’t earned these entitlements! We need more funding for our infrastructure and education centers and the biggest government expense is social security entitlements for senior citizens. We will have these phased out completely by 2024. We need to look toward the future generations and provide them welfare benefits, not the past of these older generations. Their time is over. They ruined the economy and must be made to pay!”

An internet search for this quote reveals it was previously published in a fictitious article on the website Bustatroll.com. That site labels its articles as satire and includes a disclaimer that “everything on this website is fiction.”

Contrary to that fake message, Omar has voiced support for Medicare for All, a single-payer health care model that would aim to insure most Americans and be a departure from the current private insurance system in the U.S. Omar has also tweeted in support of expanding welfare benefits during the coronavirus pandemic.

The congresswoman is seeking a second term in Minnesota’s 5th District, and will appear on a primary ballot against four Democratic challengers on Aug. 11.

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