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First Lady Michelle Obama to Propose National Hug a Muslim Day

Rumor: First Lady Michelle Obama has proposed a 'Hug A Muslim' day to replace Columbus Day.

Published Mar 2, 2015

Claim: First Lady Michelle Obama proposed a "Hug A Muslim" day to replace Columbus Day.


Example: [Collected via Twitter, February 2015]

Origins: On 25 February 2015, the entertainment website National Report published an article claiming that Michelle Obama is set to propose a national "hug a Muslim" day:

First Lady Michelle Obama will unveil a proposal Monday that she hopes will ease tensions and work to counteract an ever growing Islamophobia gripping the nation. In an effort to strengthen relations and help build mutual trust with our two million Muslim Americans citizens, Michelle Obama is set to propose national "Hug a Muslim Day".

The proposed new federal holiday would eliminate and replace Columbus Day, first observed as a state holiday in 1906, and became federal in 1937. From now on, every second Monday in October would be recognized and observed as national, "Hug a Muslim Day."

The proposed new federal holiday is already drawing mixed reactions from Americans, and conservatives warn this is just another step in the Obama Administration's pledge to "fundamentally transform" America.

While the above-quoted article has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter, there is no truth to the claim that Michelle Obama is proposing a national "Hug A Musilm" day. A disclaimer on the National Report states that all articles published on the website are completely fictional:

National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental.

Last updated: 2 March 2015

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