Fact check: edited photo of Congressman Ilhan Omar

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Social media users are sharing a photo of edited Congressman Ilhan Omar to change her hair and look like a photo. This photo has been modified.

An example can be seen here and an example without the background can be seen here.

The original photo of Omar here was taken on March 6, 2019 by photographer Scott Applewhite of the Associated Press in Washington, DC. She can be seen with the same expression and wearing the same earrings as in the edited photo.

The description of the original photo reads: “Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Omar stirred controversy last week, saying Israel’s supporters U.S. lawmakers are pushing for a pledge of “loyalty to a foreign country.” Omar does not apologize for the remark, and progressives support her. ”

A reverse Google Image search at the top of the photo shows that the hair processed in the image comes from a man wanted in South Wales for drug trafficking here and here.

According to the BBC, the crime was published by Gwent police on Facebook after the man broke his license terms, and he received many jokes and offensive reactions from social media users because of his haircut. (here)


Untrue. This photo showing Ilhan Omar was digitally altered to make her hair change and look like a moxshot.

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