Trump catapulted a baseless smear about Omar's marriage from the online fringes into the political mainstream - 2019-07-19

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F0.png Trump catapulted a baseless smear about Omar's marriage from the online fringes into the political mainstream July 19, 2019, Travis Gettys, Raw Story

President Donald Trump pushed a baseless smear against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that originated in the online fringes — as he incited a North Carolina rally crowd to launch a racist chant.

The president told his supporters in Greenville that he'd heard Omar had married her brother, an evidence-free claim that was first posted online in August 2016 as her political career began to take off but has since gained traction in conservative media, reported The Daily Beast.

A self-identified Trump supporter going by the name "AbdiJohnson" first made the claim in a thread called "ILHAN OMAR MARRIAGE FRAUD EXPOSURE" posted on the Somali Spot online forum as the Minnesota Democrat appeared to be on the brink of taking down a longtime incumbent the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary for a state legislature seat.

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