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Justin Amash FACT CHECKS new Dem congresswoman over erroneous claim

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The inconvient truth

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a stalwart defender of the Constitution and advocate of limited government, was forced to fact check a new colleague this week who claimed the 116th Congress — which was sworn in on Thursday — included the addition, for the first time ever, of a Palestinian-American.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the first ever Somali-American elected to Congress, said:

Omar's reference to the first "Palestinian-American" is a nod to Michigan's Rashida Tlaib (D). However, Tlaib is not the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress.

In fact, it is Amash — who was elected to the House in 2010 — who holds the honor of being the first Palestinian-American ever elected to Congress. Amash's father came to America as a Palestinian refugee, while his mother is Syrian.

Amash was quick to fact check Omar's claim:

Still, Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress.

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