Ilhan Omar challenger blocked on Twitter; says remarks have nothing to do with race or religion

Danielle Stella, a Republican challenger to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. was banned from Twitter after posting that if Omar were found guilty of treason, she should be hanged as a traitor.

The Washington Post reported that Stella’s campaign account, @2020MNCongress, posted Tuesday that “If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged.” The account later tweeted a link to a blog post about her comment and added an image of a stick-figure being hanged.

Danielle Stella

Stella, a candidate in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, defended the post on Facebook.

“To clarify, I said, ‘If it is proven,’ ” she said. “Treason is the only thing mentioned in the constitution for the death penalty, punishable by hanging or firing squad. I believe all involved should be thoroughly investigated. I did not threaten anyone.”

Stella’s remark about Omar allegedly giving information to Iran is a reference to a rumor that Qatari officials recruited the congresswoman to give intelligence to Qatar and Iran. No evidence has been offered to support that claim, the Washington Post reported.

Omar tweeted Friday that Stella’s comments about hanging were “the natural result of a political environment where anti-Muslim dogwhistles and dehumanization are normalized by an entire political party and its media outlets. Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts.”

Stella contested Omar’s claim that her remarks had anything to do with her being a Muslim.

“You are making this into something it’s not,” she said on Facebook. “You are making it about race, about religion, about anything but the truth.”

She also said that the backlash has resulted in her being harassed on social media.

(Social media users) “are sending heinous comments, actual death threats, threats of bodily harm, threats to my friends, supporters, threats to post private photos, insulting/attacking my religion, intelligence, race, gender, mental health, physical health, appearance, labeling me with many disorders and diagnoses, and using very non-PC language to do so,” she said. “What you’re doing is reprehensible and speaks to your flawed souls and damaged psyches.”

Both Stella and Omar have made headlines for other concerns.

Omar’s marriages and tax practices have come under fire and Stella has been accused of shoplifting.


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