A short-lived Twitter account impersonating the right-wing Fox News network managed to draw attention to itself on January 5 2020 through the familiar tactic of a made-up smear against Democratic Party Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
The account, “@FoxNewsChanUS,” received more than 2,000 retweets for a post claiming, falsely, that Omar tweeted “she’s ‘ashamed to be called an American’ and pleads other nations to ‘stop Trump’ with ‘violence’ Friday afternoon.”
There is no way to overstate how dangerous this is.
We need every voice to rise up and demand that Congress stop Trump from starting a catastrophic war with Iran.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 3, 2020
It is true that Omar has criticized Trump’s order to assassinate Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani on January 3, 2020. But she has never said that “the time for violence is now.”
The tweet smearing Omar was not the only one from the faux Fox account to gain much traction online; prior to that it also pushed the false claim that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was “in critical condition”:
It also engaged in fearmongering, with a tweet claiming (again, falsely) that Iran had launched a nuclear missle against Israel:
While the account was removed from Twitter within hours of going live, Kaplan also reported that the fake Omar tweet was also disseminated around Facebook.