US congresswoman Omar did not tell TIME magazine all white men should be enslaved
A meme combining a TIME magazine cover featuring Ilhan Omar with text saying all white men should be "put in chains as slaves" for refusing to submit to Islam has been shared thousands of times in Facebook posts that claim the quote is a real tweet by the US congresswoman. The claims are false; Omar has never tweeted any such statement; no such phrase was included in her 2017 interview with TIME magazine; the congresswoman has said the meme is false.
This July 16, 2019 Facebook post, shared hundreds of times, contains the meme which has text superimposed on the image saying:
“Her Own Twitter words. 'I am America’s hope and the president’s nightmare'. 'I think all white men should be put in chains as slaves because they will never submit to Islam': Ilhan Omar. Sen. Ilhan Omar Let that sink in….”
Omar was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives – also known as Congress – in 2018. She does not sit in the US Senate.
Below is a screenshot of the misleading post:
The meme has been shared elsewhere online, for example here on Twitter.
The claim is false; there is no record of Omar tweeting any such comment, and the phrase was not included in her 2017 interview with TIME magazine, a video of which can be seen here.
There is no record on Omar’s Twitter account of her tweeting the phrase: "I think all white men should be put in chains as slaves because they will never submit to Islam".
Here is a search result from her Twitter account using those keywords which returned no results. Below is a screenshot of the search:
The first section of the quote in the misleading posts has been taken from Omar’s interview with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show in July 2017.
The episode was published on the Comedy Central website here on July 13, 2017.
During the interview, at the 0:47 mark in the video, Noah says: “You are someone who is all too familiar with being a refugee, you're from Somalia, you're also a Muslim person, you're also a woman. You are everything that President Trump seems to be against, and you are in government. What's the plan?"
At the 1:14 minute mark Omar replies: “I am America’s hope and the president’s nightmare”. The video is embedded below:
While addressing supporters in Minnesota July 19, 2019, Omar clarified this comment, as seen in this video published to Facebook by US media organisation NowThis and viewed more than 250,000 times.
At the 0:28 mark in the video, Omar says: "When I said I was the hope of the United States it’s because I embody what that hope should look like. And when I said I was the president’s nightmare… well, you’re watching it now. Because his nightmare is seeing a Somali refugee rise to Congress."
Omar posted these screenshots of misleading posts containing the meme on her verified Twitter account on 19 November, 2018, with the caption: “Who said facts mattered?”.
That tweet is embedded below:
Who said facts mattered? ??♀️ pic.twitter.com/LMomzRrLZj— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 19, 2018