Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is in for the fight of her political life during the upcoming election, but one Republican challenger may have taken it a little too far by tweeting that Omar should be “tried for treason and hanged.”
Twitter did not take kindly to the suggestion, and just like that, Danielle Stella was done. Ilhan Omar has been given notice that Twitter swiftly and permanently banned Stella from the social media platform after the remarks went public.
Earlier in the week, Omar was accused of being paid to pass secrets to Qatar and Iran by Kuwaiti-born Canadian man Alan Bender, who told a Florida court that Qatari officials had given him the information. Bender’s account has been met with skepticism by a number of journalists, including David Steinberg, who has done a good deal of critical reporting on Omar.
But once bigger outlets like the Jerusalem Post started reporting on the story, even with skepticism, it was fair game and Stella didn’t waste time trying to score some points.
Stella, one of the Republicans trying to unseat Omar, suggested Omar was a traitor and on Twitter, she recommended that if Omar was found guilty, she should pay for her crimes with her life.
“If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,” Stella tweeted.
No Twitter for you
In a day and age where social media has become the most prominent marketing tool, being banned from Twitter could be a crippling blow to Stella’s campaign.
Stella was also very critical of the Twitter suspension, stating, “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.”
While most people may not agree with Stella’s tweets, it is hard to argue against her statement.
The fact of the matter is that she did say “if it is proven,” and she was only reacting to a story that was blowing up on Twitter at the time.
Stella obviously faced an uphill battle before her account was deleted, but now she will have to try to win a perennial blue district without the help of one of the most powerful marketing tools in her arsenal.
Omar replied to the story, “Since the day I won my first primary election against a 44yr incumbent in 2016, misinformation and conspiracy theories have become part of my daily existence. The stories keep getting outlandishly absurd, and this latest one is no exception!”