Danielle Stella, a Republican contender going up against Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has spoken out about tweets that she made that resulted in her being permanently banned from Twitter. Stella made tweets calling for Omar to be “hanged.”
“Treason is the only thing mentioned in the constitution for the death penalty, punishable by hanging or firing squad,” Danielle Stella posted to her Facebook page on Friday. “I believe all involved should be thoroughly investigated. I did not threaten anyone. If you are calling it a threat — you believe that individual is guilty, and therefore it is not a threat, it’s treason.”
Stella claims that she was only trying to “clarify” her original Twitter comments where she said Omar should be “tried for #treason and hanged.”
On Wednesday, Stella’s account was permanently banned by Twitter.
“My suspension for advocating for the enforcement of federal code proves Twitter will always side with and fight to protect terrorists, traitors, pedophiles, and rapists,” Stella said in response.
Omar called the Iranian conspiracy theory “outlandishly absurd.”
She added that “people often ask me why I don’t fight back against them often. It’s a valid question, one my team, family and I struggle with. There is just too much, they are too ridiculous and it feels degrading to respond to such stupidity. Also, who has time fact-checking this insanity.”
People often ask me why I don’t fight back against them often. It’s a valid question, one my team, family and I struggle with. There is just too much, they are too ridiculous and it feel degrading to respond to such stupidity. Also, who has time fact checking this insanity 🤷🏽♀️
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 27, 2019
The conspiracy theory was spread by a Saudi Arabian government fixer. It alleged that Omar was an agent of the Qatari government. The Qatari and Saudi governments are in a diplomatic conflict.
This is not Stella’s first controversy since announcing her run for Congress. Earlier this year she was arrested twice for shoplifting. The first arrest was for stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise from a Target store and the second for stealing $40 from a grocery store.