FACT CHECK: Did Ayanna Pressley Say ‘IQ Is A Measure Of Whiteness?’

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook purports Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Ayanna Pressley tweeted IQ was a “measure of whiteness.”



Verdict: False

The tweet is digitally fabricated. The post could not be found in Pressley’s account or in any archives.

Fact Check:

Pressley recently voiced her opposition to the House of Representatives creating a committee to examine China’s competition with the U.S., fearing it will embolden racists and perpetuate Asian hate in America, according to Fox News. The representative also signed a letter to the manufacturer of Tylenol and Motrin questioning them on the shortage of their children’s products, WBUR reported.

The Facebook post purports Pressley critiqued the idea of “IQ,” or Intellectual Quotient, featuring an alleged screenshot of a tweet from Pressley posted in June 2021. “IQ is a measure of whiteness,” the post reads, appearing to garner over 10,000 retweets.

The image is digitally fabricated. This post appears nowhere on Pressley’s verified Twitter account. There is also no record of it on the deleted tweet tracker website, Politwoops by ProPublica. There are also no credible news reports suggesting Pressley had made any such remarks online or in congress.

Check Your Fact contacted Pressley’s office for comment and will update this piece if a response is provided. (RELATED: Did The Trump Campaign Send This Email Impersonating Ron DeSantis?)

This is not the first time misinformation has been spread about a public figure on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a post claiming Karine Jean-Pierre left a press conference after being asked about classified documents.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter