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Ilhan Omar GOP challenger banned from Twitter after saying she should be 'tried for treason and hanged'

Danielle Stella, left, and U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

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By SAVANNAH BEHRMANN | USA Today | Published: November 30, 2019

WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — A candidate running for the Republican primary to challenge Democratic freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been permanently banned from Twitter after tweeting about hanging Omar for treason.

Danielle Stella, who is a candidate for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, tweeted Tuesday, "If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged."

The campaign account then tweeted a picture of a stick figure being hanged with a link to a blog post about her comments.

Stella's comments are based on an unfounded claim spreading through right-wing media that Omar is giving information to the Iranian government.

Omar has vehemently denied these claims.

"Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts," Omar tweeted.

The Washington Times first reported on the incident. Stella told the outlet that the 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's account was permanently suspended "for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules," according to Twitter. Other Twitter users archived the tweets before Stella's campaign account, @2020MNCongress, and personal account were taken down.

In a separate Facebook post on Friday, Stella claimed that she did not threaten anyone, and that the allegations need to be investigated, continuing that, "Treason is the only thing mentioned in the constitution for the death penalty, punishable by hanging or firing squad" and that others are "making it about race, about religion, about anything but the truth."

Omar was one of the first two Muslim women elected to the United States House of Representatives.   

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