Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar, Boebert blast one another after tense call The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back GOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert's anti-Muslim remarks MORE (D-Minn.) hit out at South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHarris, Buttigieg to promote infrastructure law in Charlotte 'Fox & Friends Weekend' hosts suggest new variant meant to distract from Biden's struggles Buttigieg: Families who buy electric vehicles 'never have to worry about gas prices again' MORE’s (D) presidential campaign for using a stock photo of a Kenyan woman to promote Buttigieg’s racial justice plan, called the Douglass Plan.
“This is not ok or necessary,” Omar tweeted, linking to a tweet by The Intercept D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim, who first highlighted the use of the photo, saying the unnamed woman had “reached out to me very confused.”
This is not ok or necessary ♀️ https://t.co/H9hvQkVWxp— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 17, 2019
Grim wrote that the woman messaged him, “What's the meaning of the message accompanied by the photo? Have no idea of what's happening..."
“Background is that a photographer made the photo available online for free. A stock photo place grabbed it, and Pete grabbed it from there. She didn’t intend to pose for a stock photo but did agree to be photographed,” Grim later added.
Background is that a photographer made the photo available online for free. A stock photo place grabbed it, and Pete grabbed it from there. She didn’t intend to pose for a stock photo but did agree to be photographed— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) November 17, 2019
"This photo was removed from the page on our website promoting the Douglass Plan months ago as part of an update to the page. The stock photo, which is widely utilized across the internet, was initially selected while a contractor was running our site, and the stock photo website it was pulled from did not indicate the photo was taken in Kenya, nor did it identify the woman as being from Kenya in any way," a spokesperson for the Buttigieg campaign told The Hill.
"Using stock photos on websites is standard practice but as our campaign has grown, we have brought all of our web development in-house to guard against mistakes like this," the spokesperson added. "We apologize for any confusion this caused."
Buttigieg’s campaign has surged in Iowa in recent weeks but has struggled to attract support among African Americans, a key Democratic voter bloc.
Omar has endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint Restless progressives eye 2024 MORE (I-Vt.) in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
Updated at 10:38 a.m.