On this file photograph taken on February 7, 2019 US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (lL), Democrat of New York, and Rep. Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, attend a press convention calling on Congress to chop funding for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to defund border detention amenities, exterior the US Capitol in Washington.

The declare: Two Democratic lawmakers try to ban the Pledge of Allegiance.

An article has been circulating on Fb linked to a web site known as NewsRapter that claims that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., “crew as much as ban the pledge of allegiance.” The merchandise is dated April 18.

With out citing any supply, the merchandise states: “In a determined try and tamp down the fervor of red-blooded American patriots who revere symbols and traditions greater than the values they embody, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Socialist of New York) and Ilhan Omar (anti-American immigrant, now of Minnesota) are teaming as much as ban our sacred Pledge of Allegiance. Sure, patriots, they’re coming for our Pledge of Allegiance.”

On Fb, NewsRapter payments itself as “the World huge hub Of newest and tech information. We give information on each day bases (sic) stick with us advert (sic) discovered what’s occurring the world.”

Its Fb web page presents a hyperlink to the NewsRapter website. The location doesn’t present an “About Us” hyperlink describing who owns or edits the web page, nor does it declare to be a satirical publication. 

Amongst its current choices is one from April 30, headlined “Hillary presents to be Biden’s operating Mate.”

Messages despatched to NewsRapter through Fb Messenger and by e mail soliciting extra data on the location and the claims towards the 2 members of Congress didn’t elicit a direct response.

Is there a plan to ban the pledge?

There isn’t a proof in any public report or legit information report of both member of Congress relating to any purported ban on the Pledge of Allegiance.

Concerning the Pledge of Allegiance situation, Omar, throughout a heated debate on a deliberate decision within the Home condemning anti-Semitism, questioned the extent of help for Israel by some members of Congress, tweeting: “I shouldn’t be anticipated to have allegiance/pledge help to a international nation so as to serve my nation in Congress or serve on committee.”

The comment clearly was referring to her views on the help for Israel by some members of Congress and was not in regards to the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag.

The anti-Semitism decision was proposed in response to feedback by Omar, for which she later apologized, suggesting that members of Congress are paid by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to help Israel.

Later, nonetheless, she returned to the theme in a panel dialogue in Washington, through which she referred to criticism over her earlier remarks. At one level she mentioned, “I need to speak in regards to the political affect on this nation that claims it’s O.Ok. for folks to push for allegiance to a international nation.”

Ocasio-Cortez defended Omar towards expenses of anti-Semitism.

As well as, in July 2019, a web site known as Taters Gonna Tate ran an merchandise purportedly quoting one other member of Congress, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., as saying that the Pledge of Allegiance can be unlawful in Michigan, her house state.

Tlaib, a daughter of Palestinian immigrants, and Omar, who was born in Somalia, are Muslims. They regularly are political allies with Ocasio-Cortez.

Taters Gonna Tate, nonetheless, payments itself as a satirical website and goes to extraordinary lengths to emphasise that it isn’t providing straight information. Amongst its disclaimers to these billing its articles as faux information, Taters Gonna Tate says, “Name it no matter you want. Simply don’t name it one thing it isn’t. Don’t e mail us asking for a ‘supply.’ Don’t inform us that our tales aren’t true. We’ve so many disclaimers now that the disclaimers are satirical. We make sure that the phrases ‘satire’ or ‘fiction’ seem in EVERY class BEFORE the story. Twice.”

The byline on the Tlaib article is given as “Rod Gozinya Satire and/or Conservative Fan Fiction.”

Our ruling: False

There isn’t a proof that both Ocasio-Cortez or Omar is attempting to ban the Pledge of Allegiance, based mostly on our analysis. That is FALSE.  

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This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: Truth Test: Omar, Ocasio-Cortez not attempting to ban Pledge of Allegiance


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