No, Ilhan Omar has not been arrested 23 times

A recent Facebook post adds criminal and daughter of a terrorist to the list of baseless accusations that have been made about U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

The photo, published Aug. 1 by a conservative Facebook page called Tactical Hospitality, makes a variety of claims about Omar, some of which are related to previous fact-checks about her family history and comments about al-Qaida.

Two claims were new to us: The post said Omar has been “arrested 23 times” and is the “daughter of (a) Somali terrorist.”

“From jail cell, to Congress,” claims the photo, which includes images of Omar’s purported mugshot and another of her being sworn in as a congresswoman.

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

(Screenshot from Facebook)

PolitiFact reached out to Tactical Hospitality to see where it got the image. The page told us that it “grabbed it from an individual whom shared it” and that it wasn’t sure of the origin.

When we looked into the claims, we found that Omar has not been arrested 23 times and there’s no evidence to suggest either of her parents

... read more at: https://www.politifact.com/facebook-fact-checks/statements/2019/aug/14/facebook-posts/no-ilhan-omar-has-not-been-arrested-23-times/

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