Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) told students at a high school in Minneapolis a tragic story of an African-American woman sentenced to jail time for stealing a loaf of bread to feed her starving granddaughter.

Now she is admitting she may have fabricated some details.

Grayce McCormick writes at the Washington Examiner:

Ilhan Omar confessed to embellishing a story she told to 400 high school students

Rep. Ilhan Omar confessed to falsifying a story she shared in front of about 400 students at Richfield High School in Minneapolis.

The anecdote was from Omar’s days of working for a Minneapolis city councilman five years ago.

She described a “sweet, old … African American lady” who got arrested for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed her starving 5-year-old granddaughter and spent the weekend in jail.

Omar said she attended the courtroom when the woman was brought in, and yelled, “Bulls—!” when the woman was fined $80 she couldn’t pay.

After the congresswoman’s speech, for which she was 30 minutes late and cost the students their lunch period, the Washington Post investigated the claim.

“I’m not sure. … The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember,” the Minnesota Democrat said in an interview. “She might have had a prior [arrest].”

Even the Washington Post story, which is mostly a glowing profile, threw a skeptical eye on her account:

Omar’s story echoed the plot of “Les Miserables.” If true, it is also probably embellished. City officials said that police aren’t allowed to arrest people for shoplifting unless there’s a likelihood of violence or further crime. Typically, shoplifters are sentenced to attend a three-hour class.

Twitchy has collected some responses to the Free Beacon report on this:

Ilhan Omar could so quickly tell an amazing pro-American story based on her experience of coming here as a refugee and eventually winning a seat in Congress. Instead, she seems hostile to America, despite everything it has done for her.


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