Date :Monday, December 2nd, 2019 | Time : 17:20 |ID: 125396 | Print

Twitter banned Omar’s rival after suggesting congresswoman should be hanged

SHAFAQNA- Press TV: The accounts of one of Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar’s political rivals, has been permanently suspended by Twitter after she accused the Minnesota Muslim congresswoman of treason and suggested Omar should be hanged.

The social media giant on Saturday banned Republican House candidate Danielle Stella’s personal and campaign accounts for “repeated violations” of Twitter‘s policies.

Stella, a potential Republican candidate challenging Omar for her Minnesota seat in the 2020 election, pounced on unsubstantiated media claims earlier this week that the Muslim congresswoman had been recruited by Qatari officials to pass on classified information to Qatar and Iran.

“If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,” Stella wrote in a tweet.

The congresswoman has already dismissed the accusations and denounced them as “outlandishly absurd,” nevertheless, the claims continue to be spread.

Omar said in response to Stella’s comments on Twitter that the Republican candidate’s latest statements were “violent rhetoric” that could “inevitably” lead to violent threats and harm.

“This is the natural result of a political environment where anti-Muslim dogwhistles and dehumanization are normalized by an entire political party and its media outlets,” Omar wrote on Twitter. “Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts.”

Omar has received a number of death threats since winning her seat in the 2018 midterms.

A New York man pleaded guilty on November 18 to threatening to kill Omar in a March call to her office. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

Rep. Omar is part of “the Squad” of four colored congresswomen who have clashed with President Donald Trump over his racist rhetoric. All four congresswomen, three of them Muslim, were elected to the House of Representatives in last year’s elections.

In July, Trump stirred controversy by telling Omar and Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley to “go back” to where they came from.

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