GOP Candidate Permanently Banned From Twitter After Calling For Rep. Ilhan Omar ‘To Be Hanged’ For Treason
Danielle Stella, a Republican candidate running to challenge Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota had her Twitter account permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter rules, CNN reports, citing a Twitter spokesperson.
Stella was banned over a tweet in which she spread a baseless claim about Omar and said Omar should be tried for treason and hanged if the claim is true, according to CNN.
Omar has been a frequent target of smears and attacks by President Donald Trump and his supporters. In April, Omar said she experienced an increase in death threats after Trump tweeted about a speech she had given the month before.
“This just shows how far the Republican Party has fallen under Trump.
Omar reacted to the suspension in a post on Twitter, saying “violent rhetoric” leads to “violent threats.”
“This is the natural result of a political environment where anti-Muslim dog whistles and dehumanization are normalized by an entire political party and its media outlets,” Omar said. “Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts.”
The Minnesota freshman came to the US more than two decades ago as a refugee and became an American citizen in 2000 at the age of 17, according to The New York Times. She ran with the support of the Justice Democrats, the same progressive group that helped bring New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into politics, and is a proponent of Medicare for All, abolishing ICE, tuition-free college and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.