Not Real News: “Three Muslim congresswomen just refused” to sign oath of office
THE CLAIM: "Three Muslim congresswomen just refused" to sign the oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
THE FACTS: The false social media post states that anyone who refuses to take an oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution should be disqualified from serving and claimed that "three Muslim congresswomen" had refused.
There are not three Muslim congresswomen. In the November midterm elections, Rep.-elects Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, and Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, became the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
Representatives for both Omar and Tlaib called claims that they were refusing to take the oath "categorically false."
The swearing in ceremony for new members of Congress will be Jan. 3.
This is part of The Associated Press' ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.