A Republican hoping to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar is defending a comment that got her banned from Twitter this past week.
Danielle Stella, a special education needs professional who's launched a campaign to challenge Omar in 2020, recently said on Twitter that the congresswoman "should be tried for treason and hanged" if it's proven she "passed sensitive info to Iran."
That's according to a Facebook post addressing the controversy, in which Stella attacks critics and "fake news" for saying the comment constituted a threat against Omar:
"I did not threaten anyone," she writes.
The Republican's Twitter account was "permanently suspended" over the matter, the social media company confirmed to CNN.
Stella's tweet was in reference to a disproved far-right claim that Omar was recruited to spy for foreign countries such as Qatar and Iran.
Omar responded with a tweet of her own on Friday, calling Stella's comments "the natural result" of the "anti-Muslim dogwhistles and dehumanization" propagated by "an entire political party and its media outlets":
"Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts," the Democrat added.
Omar represents Minnesota's 5th Congressional District.