Some of the videos that Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, has shared on the app TikTok have made her look bad.
On Wednesday, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust said that Omar might have used the app TikTok. In the report, the Minnesota Democrat was accused of breaking a number of rules about how lawmakers can use social media.
A press statement says that Omar has kept using the same TikTok account for official House business and political action, even though she has been told that the Chinese government and the U.S. could get access to her information. The House of Representatives has decided that the app can’t be put on any government-related smartphone.
The study gave a number of cases of events that were not ethical.
A tracking group found a video that Omar posted on TikTok in which she asked people to vote for the Democrats. This was an example of “overtly political content.” In a third, she asks her fellow Democrats to vote of confidence in her. In other scenes, she shows up out of the blue at different campaign events. In her tweets, she has shared a C-Span video from the House floor, a video that looks like it was taken on a cell phone on the House floor, and an interview that was made in what could be her House office.
The group said that Omar broke laws and House rules because she often mixed public government work with her campaigning.
The case says that Omar’s use of an app that is controlled by the Chinese government poses a threat to national security.
Director of FACT Kendra Arnold said, “These violations are disturbing and clearly not how members are supposed to use official resources. The law is very clear, and her account and the content she posted speak for themselves.” These rules are in place to protect the time, money, and dignity of official meetings of elected officials.
The claim is based on Omar’s support of the TikTok app, which lets people share videos. She defended the use of apps on the House floor by saying that they are a sign of freedom and democracy.
When asked what makes the United States different from dictatorships like China, she said, “The beauty of our democracy and Constitution is that we protect these freedoms.”