WaPo: Ilhan Omar ‘Flubbed Facts’ in Story About Injustice

WaPo: Ilhan Omar ‘Flubbed Facts’ in Story About Injustice

July 9, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar admitted to being unsure about the details in a story of supposed “injustice” she told to a group of students during her time as a Minneapolis city councilman five years ago.

The Washington Post reported Monday that a story Omar told 400 students at Richfield High School in Minneapolis, about an elderly black woman jailed for stealing a loaf of bread to feed her hungry granddaughter, echoed the plot of Les Miserables. Also, non-violent shoplifters with clean records are not jailed.

WaPo suggested Omar “may have flubbed some facts.” When confronted about her story, Omar said the woman “might have had a prior [arrest], I’m not sure… The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember.”

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