This is bound to stir up passionate responses on both sides.
Danielle Stella, Ilhan Omar’s challenger for 2020, has just been banned from Twitter.
And reports say it’s a permanent ban.
So, what was the offense?
Reports say it was these two Tweets, which were screenshotted before the account was taken down:
Here are the news reports:
Stella has already spoken out about the ban, claiming that what she said is nothing more than saying Federal law should be enforced (if treason is proven true).
Here's more, from The Hill:
Twitter has permanently suspended a campaign account belonging to Republican Danielle Stella, who is running to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) next year, following a report that her account shared lynching comments about the congresswoman.
A spokesperson for Twitter told The Hill late Wednesday that “the account was permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules.”
The Washington Times was first to report the suspension. In one tweet reported by the newspaper, Stella’s campaign account wrote that Omar “should be tried for #treason and hanged” if it was "proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran."
The tweet was referring to unfounded allegations that have proliferated across right-wing media outlets claiming Omar gave sensitive information to the Iranian government.
Omar has strongly denied the allegations, with a spokesperson for her office telling the Jerusalem Post this month: “Since the day she was elected, Saudi Arabian trolls and mouthpieces have targeted Omar with misinformation and conspiracy theories.”
In another tweet, the Stella's account shared a link to an outlet that wrote about her initial remark while accompanying the post with an image of a stick figure being hanged.
"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 provided by her campaign.
Twitter's move to suspend the campaign account comes as the social media giant has made efforts over the years to toughen its polices on hate speech and abusive behavior.
On a webpage outlining its rules, the platform said “violence, harassment and other similar types of behavior discourage people from expressing themselves, and ultimately diminish the value of global public conversation.”
“Our rules are to ensure all people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely,” it adds.
And from Local CBS:
The Republican challenging to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar, Danielle Stella, has been reportedly permanently banned from Twitter due to threatening comments aimed at the congresswoman.
According to The Washington Times, Stella’s campaign account on Twitter (@2020MNCongress) was removed from Twitter after posting: “If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged.”
The account also tweeted a link to an article that aggregated her remark, along with an image of a stick figure hanging from gallows, The Washington Times reports.
A Twitter representative told the newspaper that the account was suspended for repeated violations of Twitter’s rules.
When reached for comment by the newspaper, Stella said “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.”