Hoax Tweet Targets Rashida Tlaib as 'anti-American'

Rashida Tlaib was the victim of actual fake news spread online aimed at making the Democrat appear anti-American

US House Representative Rashida Tlaib participates in a ceremonial swearing-in at the start of the 116th Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. January 3, 2019
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Newly sworn in Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was the victim of actual fake news spread online aimed at making the Democrat appear anti-American.

Tlaib, last week, became the first Palestinian woman sworn into the U.S. House and quickly sparked controversy by using profanity in calling to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump.

According to PolitiFact, a fake tweet was posted at 10 a.m. on Jan. 4 and was spread widely online, including on Facebook, before being deleted.

Palestinian-American congresswoman targeted with fake anti-American tweet
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The tweet read: "Americans have spent decades raping and pillaging my people. What goes around comes around. #FridayFeeling." Politifact notes that “Tlaib’s real account is verified and has the blue checkmark badge by her name” and “has around 277,000, a number more on par for a member of the U.S. House than the 30 followers the hoax account had amassed before it was removed.”

Trump said last week that  Tlaib “dishonored herself” when she used profanity to describe him.

Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden, Trump said that he thought Tlaib’s comments were “disgraceful.”

She didn’t back down Friday, tweeting that “I will always speak truth to power.” She added the hashtag, ”#unapologeticallyMe.”

Trump, who routinely slings verbal attacks at his critics, said: “I thought her comments were disgraceful” and “disrespectful” to the United States.

The Associated Press contributed to this report