Ilhan Omar 2020 Challenger: She ‘Should Be Tried for Treason and Hanged’
Pro-Trump GOP congressional candidate suspended from Twitter over comments
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN) pro-Trump Republican 2020 challenger has been suspended from Twitter after calling for her rival to be "hanged" for "treason."
31-year-old GOP congressional candidate Danielle Stella is hoping to unseat Minnesota Rep. Omar in next year's elections and describes herself online as a mother and a special education teacher.
Stella posted at least two tweets that reportedly violated the social media platform's rules.
In one now-deleted tweet, the pro-Trump Republican posted: "If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged."
Another post was a retweet of a post about Omar in which she added a picture of a stick figure hanging from scaffolding.
Both tweets have since been removed by Twitter and Stella's account has been permanently suspended.
According to the Washington Examiner, each tweet involved recent allegations that have been amplified by Ms. Omar’s opponents.
The accusations allege that Omar shared sensitive information with the Iranian government — a claim the congresswoman has since rejected as “outlandishly absurd.”
Responding to the allegations, Ms. Stella’s campaign account said in the first tweet that Omar "should be tried for #treason and hanged,” if proved to be true.
Stella’s campaign account subsequently tweeted the link to an article that aggregated her remark, accompanied by a crude depiction of a stick figure hanging from gallows.
The account has since been permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter’s rules, a Twitter spokesperson told The Washington Times.
“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,” Ms. Stella told The Times when reached for comment.
Reacting on Twitter to the accusation spread by Stella and others, Omar said it was among the “misinformation and conspiracy theories” that have been regular for the congresswoman since taking office.
“The stories keep getting outlandishly absurd, and this latest one is no exception!” Ms. Omar tweeted.
“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,” Ms. Omar tweeted.
At least five candidates, including Ms. Stella, are currently seeking the Republican nomination to run in 2020 against Ms. Omar.
The state’s GOP primary election is set for Aug. 11.