Another day, another fake news report delivered to Americans by the liberal media.
Mike Hager, a business owner based in Detroit, said he attempted to fly his mother to the United States from Iraq to receive much-needed medical care. He claimed that while being held under President Trump’s temporary travel pause from countries that sponsor terrorism, his mother passed away from her illness.
Turns out, the man lied.
His mother did die, sadly, but it was several days prior to Trump’s order halting travel. Hager’s original story completely unraveled.
It didn’t stop several media outlets from pushing the heartbreaking tale.
Fox 2 originally reported:
Even a reporter with the New York Times fell for the story (he’s since deleted the tweet):
A 75 year old green card holder died after she was turned away at Baghdad airport because of Trump’s immigration ban https://t.co/DxJSXYzNH7
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) February 1, 2017
In the end however, an imam in Dearborn had to tell Fox 2 that the emotional story was just that – a story.
Via Fox 2 Detroit:
The leader of a mosque in Dearborn has confirmed to FOX 2 that a man who claimed his mother died in Iraq after being barred from returning to the United States under a ban instituted by President Trump this weekend, lied to FOX 2 about when her death occurred.
Imam Husham Al-Hussainy, leader of the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in Dearborn, says Mike Hager’s mom did not pass away this weekend after the travel ban was put in place. The Imam confirms that Hager’s mother died before the executive order was signed.
According to Al-Hussainy, Hager’s mother had kidney disease and was receiving treatment in Michigan – where she lived – before traveling to Iraq to visit family. The Imam said she passed away on January 22, 2017, five days before President Trump instituted the travel ban.
“That’s true. The 22nd of January, his mom died,” Al-Hussainy said. “She did die but that was a couple weeks ago – before the ban.”
Here’s the kicker – The imam who finally revealed the truth about Hager and his mother voted for Trump in the election!
Hager meanwhile, put on quite a convincing performance, seething over President Trump’s travel restrictions and blaming him directly for his mother’s death.
“I really believe this in my heart: if they would have let us in, my mom – she would have made it and she would have been sitting right here next to me,” Hager said. “She’s gone because of him.”
No matter though. As with any other fake news story the retraction will receive little notice while the original lie has already been circulated many times over.
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