Political divides seem to have widened since the presidential election, and that divide sometimes comes down through families. Despite growing up in the same household, kids and parents don’t always share the same beliefs on political parties’ actions, and not everyone is shy about making their opinion heard.
Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been one of the new politicians that have caused a stir since her election. Whether people love her or hate her, she has remained one of the names in the headlines. U.S President Donald Trump is not so fond of the congresswoman and recently targeted Omar on her American citizenship status, religion, and ethnicity. Someone decided to challenge their mom’s political alignment by trolling her with a political meme featuring a quote believed to be from congresswoman Omar, and it teaches a much bigger lesson.
Someone decided to challenge their mom’s political beliefs by trolling her with a congresswoman Ilhan Omar meme
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People thought the idea was hilariously clever
President Trump has falsely alleged that congresswoman Omar supported terrorist group al-Qaeda; said she “smeared” US servicemen who fought in Somalia in the 1990s; and contributed to disinformation that she committed immigration fraud by marrying her brother. At a Trump rally in North Carolina earlier this month, his supporters erupted into cries of “send her back,” perpetuating the idea that she is less of an American citizen because she was not born in the country. In response to the smear campaign, Omar has continues to receive ardent support from both her district members and otherwise.
Many Americans say the creation and spread of fake news and misinformation are causing significant harm to the nation and need to be stopped, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 6,127 U.S. adults. Nearly seven-in-ten U.S. adults (68%) say false news and information significantly impacts Americans’ confidence in government institutions, and roughly half (54%) say it is having a significant impact on our belief in each other. The free singles out two groups of people as the primary sources of false news: political leaders and activist groups. Close to six-in-ten U.S. adults (57%) say political leaders and their staff create a lot of false stories, and about half (53%) say the same thing of activist groups.