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Trump attorney Alina Habba says she ‘can’t be fact-checked’ on ‘peanuts and Coke’ hardscrabble childhood story

Donald Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba is defending her supposedly hardscrabble background as her detractors on social media question whether she is concocting a false rags-to-riches story.

Habba appeared on Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk’s show on the right-wing channel Real America’s Voice on Monday and defended remarks she had made over the weekend at a summit held by Kirk’s group. Before hundreds of attendees at TPUSA’s Young Women's Leadership Summit, Habba claimed that her father “used to take the money that he could have and got a Coke and a pack of peanuts every day so that we could survive”.

On Monday, she told Kirk: «I know that there were comments that were just beyond comprehension, trying to break down, fact-check me. I really can't be fact-checked on my life. I'm happy to break it down further for everybody and all the nastiness.”

A fair portion of Habba’s background is public knowledge, and provides a complicated answer to the question of whether Habba has upsold the plight she and her family faced during her childhood. With a background as Chaldean Catholics from Iraq, Habba’s family arrived in the US in the 1980s, fleeing religious persecution perpetuated by Saddam Hussein’s government. Chaldean Catholics fled Iraq to the US in significant numbers throughout the 80s and into the early 1990s; more faced persecution and were uprooted from their homes during the rise of Isis in the 2010s.

But it’s also clear that Habba’s family had come upon some measure of success and financial stability by the time she was in high school. Her father, Dr Saad Habba, is a renowned gastroenterologist who can be found published in American medical journals as early as 2000, when Habba was 16. Two years later, she graduated

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