Twitter permanently prohibited Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Republican rival on Friday after she accused the Minnesota congresswoman of treason and composed on the stage which Omar should be retrieved.
Danielle Stella, a candidate expecting to battle Omar for her Minnesota chair from the 2020 election tweeted before that week, “When it’s proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive data to Iran, she must be attempted for #treason and hanged.”
The article that followed contained a primitive drawing of a body hanging from gallows having a URL to some toll-free site on her belief that Omar must be retrieved when a conspiracy in which Omar supplied sensitive intelligence into Qatar and Iran were accurate.
NBC News has discovered no signs that support this claim, but Stella is also a famous purveyor of this far-right fringe QAnon conspiracy concept.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed on Saturday which Stella was eternally banned from the stage but didn’t specify why.
“The accounts have been suspended for repeated offenses of their Twitter Rules,” the spokesperson stated over email, speaking to the candidate’s effort and individual accounts.
After getting substantial backlash for those articles, Stella defended herself Facebook. She maintained that she hadn’t jeopardized Omar.
To explain, I said, ‘When it’s proven __ passed sensitive information to Iran, she ought to be attempted for #treason and hanged,’ Stella composed on Facebook, leaving a clean area where Omar’s Twitter manager was. “Treason is the only thing mentioned in the ministry to the death penalty, punishable by hanging or firing squad. I feel all involved must be thoroughly researched. I didn’t endanger anyone.”
Stella didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
Omar reacted to Stella’s remarks on Twitter, saying that the Republican candidate’s newest statements simply expand on harmful political rhetoric which may result in dangers and injury.
“That is the natural effect of a political environment in which anti-Muslim dog whistles and dehumanization are normalized through an overall political party and its media outlets,” Omar wrote on Twitter. “Violent rhetoric necessarily contributes to violent threats, and in the end, violent acts”
Omar has obtained several death threats since winning her chair from the 2018 midterms. President Donald Trump has frequently taken violent swipes in the congresswoman oan Twitter, which has caused Democrats to accuse him of attempting to incite violence against the Muslim lawmaker.
A New York man pleaded guilty Nov. 18 into threatening to kill Omar at a March call to her workplace.