Trump is spreading a dubious rumor about border ranchers finding ‘prayer rugs’ on their properties


  • President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted out the headline of an article quoting a border rancher who said she has found prayer rugs on her property.
  • The rancher had offered no evidence of the rugs, but said Americans don't realize the findings pose a "terrorist threat."
  • Prayer rugs do not indicate that a person is a terrorist or terror suspect — Muslims use them to pray.
  • Trump noted that people crossed the border from "many countries, some of which would be a big surprise."
  • Government data show migrants from majority-Muslim countries are arrested at the border each year, but the numbers are minuscule.

President Donald Trump on Friday spread an unverified rumor that border ranchers had found prayer rugs on their property, amid his ongoing push for a wall along the US-Mexico border.

"Border rancher: 'We've found prayer rugs out here. It's unreal,'" he tweeted. "People coming across the Southern Border from many countries, some of which would be a big surprise."See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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