Earlier this week, Danielle Stella, a pro-Trump Republican, who is running against Ilhan Omar for Congress was banned from Twitter.
Stella was banned after she posted a violent comment about Ilhan Omar. On her Twitter account, @2020MNCongress, Stella had posted at least two posts suggesting that Omar should be hung.
Stella’s tweets contained an unsubstantiated allegation that Omar, who is one of the first Muslims to be elected to Congress, had shared sensitive government information with Qatar.
A spokesperson for Omar had spoken to the Jerusalem Post stating: “Since the day she was elected, Saudi Arabian trolls and mouthpieces have targeted Omar with misinformation and conspiracy theories.”
The first tweet made by Stella’s campaign said: “If it is proven [Omar] passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged.”
Stella’s account then shared an article that included a crude depiction of a stick figure hanging from gallows.
The @2020MNCongress account has now been suspended. Twitter made a statement sharing that “The account was permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules.”
“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 a statement.
This is not the first time that Stella has been surrounded by controversy. She was arrested twice this year for shoplifting. She reportedly stole $2,300 worth of goods from a Target store and $40 in items from a grocery store.
This is also not the first time that Stella has made claims about Omar. She had previously claimed that Omar broke the law by telling immigrants how they could avoid the authorities. Stella stated that lawmakers, who did not “uphold the rule of law,” should be kicked out of office.
Omar has had to deal with this type of unacceptable behavior before. Patrick Carlineo a New York man, plead guilty in relation to calling Omar’s office and telling one of her staffers: “Why are you working for her, she’s a [expletive] terrorist. Somebody ought to put a bullet in her skull. Back in the day, our forefathers would have put a bullet in her [expletive].”
Omar appealed for “compassion”.
“As someone who fled a war zone, I know how destabilizing acts of political violence can be,” she wrote in a letter to the judge. “That his threat of violence relied on hateful stereotypes about my faith only made it more dangerous … it was a threat against an entire religion, at a time of rising hate crime against religious minorities in our country.”
She would then add: “We must ask: who are we as a nation if we respond to acts of political retribution with retribution ourselves? The answer to hate is not more hate; it is compassion.”