Fact Check

Did Ilhan Omar Spit On the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Sep 28, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks at a rally hosted by Progressive Democrats of America on Capitol Hill on September 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced yesterday the beginning of a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar spit on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

On Sept. 27, 2019, the website Taters Gonna Tate published an article positing that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., spit on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:

A small gathering of congress people took place at Arlington National Cemetery this past weekend as new unidentifiable remains returned from WWII Germany were interred and respects were to be paid at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The atmosphere was solemn. Each member of congress lined up one by one to offer their thoughts and prayers and a bag of Peanut M&Ms for the souls of the unnamed dead. All were quiet and respectful. All, that is, until Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar stepped up. That’s when all hell broke loose. [...]

Omar then wound up and spit. She missed Mitch McConnell and spit some of her tabouli on the sacred Tomb of the Unknown Soldier instead, perhaps the most despicable act ever perpetrated by any politician in the history of the United State of America.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

Everything on this website is fiction. It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined. Any similarities between this site’s pure fantasy and actual people, places, and events are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and satirical. See above if you’re still having an issue with that satire thing.


Taters Gonna Tate.  "Ilhan Omar Spits On The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier."    27 September 2019.