Twitter bans Republican candidate Danielle Stella after targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar
After tweeting threats targeted at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn), Republican candidate Danielle Stella has been banned from Twitter.
Stella, a vocal supporter for Trump who is looking to unseat Rep. Omar in the following election year, took to the official Twitter of her now deactivated campaign page (@2020MNCongress) to say the following:
“If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,” Stella wrote Tuesday of Omar.
Stella reportedly followed up with an “a crude depiction of a stick figure hanging from gallows,” according to The Washington Times.
Stella’s remarks stem from her beliefs that Omar has shared sensitive intelligence with the Iranian government, The Washington Times reports.
Following her ban, Stella told the Times in her own personal statement that Twitter’s ban to her account proves that the social media platform sides with “terrorists.”
Twitter simply stated that Stella violated “Twitter Rules.”
“The account was permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules,” the company said.
On Friday (Nov. 29), Rep Omar reacted to the suspension in a post on Twitter, stating that “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. Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts.”
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.
Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts. https://t.co/tn6SRFYGmp
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 29, 2019
A spokesperson for Omar recently told the Jerusalem Post: “Since the day she was elected, Saudi Arabian trolls and mouthpieces have targeted Omar with misinformation and conspiracy theories.”
Rep. Omar is the first Somali-American member of Congress and is one of two of the first Muslim women ever elected along with Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.