Ilhan Omar's Republican opponent was banned from Twitter after suggesting the congresswoman should be tried for treason and hanged
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The campaign account of a Republican vying for Rep. Ilhan Omar’s seat was banned from Twitter after accusing Omar of treason and suggesting she should be hanged, The Washington Times first reported.
Danielle Stella’s campaign account, @2020MNCongress, promoted unsubstantiated claims that Omar illegally shared sensitive government information with Qatar and Iran.
Omar has called the unfounded claims “outlandishly absurd,” and her representative accused “Saudi Arabian trolls and mouthpieces” of targeting Omar with “misinformation and conspiracy theories.”
Stella was recently charged with a felony, accused of stealing over $2,300 worth of items from a Target store and $40 worth of items from a grocery store, The Guardian reported in July.
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The campaign account of a Republican vying for Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Minnesota seat was permanently banned from Twitter this week after posting a threatening image of a hanging and accusing Omar of treason, The Washington Times first reported.
Danielle Stella’s campaign account, @2020MNCongress, promoted a wild conspiracy theory that Omar illegally shared government information with Qatar and Iran.
“If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,” Stella’s account tweeted on Tuesday shortly before posting an image of a stick figure being hanged.
Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, has called the unfounded claims “outlandishly absurd.” Her representative accused “Saudi Arabian trolls and mouthpieces” of targeting Omar with “misinformation and conspiracy theories.”
The outrageous claims about Omar were recently debunked by the right-wing news site The Daily Caller. The allegations stem from a Canadian businessman who has accused Omar and the White House adviser Jared Kushner of being Qatari assets. The businessman, who was born in Kuwait, is believed to be an agent of the Saudi government.
“People often ask me why I don’t fight back against them often,” Omar tweeted of the conspiracies on Tuesday. “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.”
Stella, who is said to endorse the pro-Trump “QAnon” conspiracy theory, defended her behavior and attacked Twitter. She is one of five candidates so far running in the GOP primary for Omar’s seat.
“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.
Stella was recently charged with a felony, accused of stealing over $2,300 worth of items from a Target store and $40 worth of items from a grocery store, The Guardian reported in July. She has denied the charges.
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