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Rep. Ilhan Omar gets death threat amid ongoing tangle with conservatives

Minnesota Democrat and other members of the ‘Squad’ receive such threats regularly, they have said

From left, Reps. Ayanna S. Pressley, D-Mass., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., conduct a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center responding to negative comments by President Trump that were directed at the freshman House Democrats on July 15, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ilhan Omar on Wednesday tweeted out a picture of one of the death threats that she and fellow members of the so-called “Squad” of progressive Democrats have said they receive daily since taking office.

“You will not be going back to Washington, your life will end before your ‘Vacation’ ends,” the anonymous, typed death threat reads.

The letter states that Omar “won’t die alone” and that “a very capable person with a very big ‘Gun’” will be coming after her, “quite likely” at the Minnesota State Fair, which kicked off Aug. 22 and lasts until Sept. 2.

Omar shared the letter after Pacific Standard columnist David Perry posted a photo of Omar and her security guard as the freshman Minnesota Democrat delivered a speech on immigration in her district.

“Until deranged people like this stop threatening my life and the lives of others, I have to accept the reality of having security,” Omar said of the letter.

“I hate that we live in a world where you have to be protected from fellow humans. I hated it as a child living through war and I hate it now.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — another member of the Squad of freshman Democratic women of color that includes Omar, Rep. Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — has said she receives death threats “every day,” blaming particularly acute inflows of threats on hysteria whipped up by conservative media.

“It’s very clear that when right-wing media starts to heat up, that’s directly correlated to the amount of violent, targeted threats we get,” Ocasio-Cortez said in March.

An eventful week

Omar’s media team has had a busy week: In addition to her post about the death threat on Wednesday, Omar has denied allegations that she is separated from her husband and having an affair with her campaign consultant, responded to an Alabama GOP resolution demanding that Congress expel her from the House, and tangled with Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, calling him an accused “child molester.”

In a Washington, D.C., divorce filing first reported by the New York Post, Beth Mynett, 55, accused her husband, 38-year-old Tim Mynett, of leaving her for Omar. Omar’s campaign committee has paid Mynett’s political fundraising consulting firm, E Street Group, roughly $230,000 since 2018.

According to the divorce filing, Tim and Beth Mynett “physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when Defendant told Plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar.”

Tim Mynett “met Rep. Omar while working for her,” the filing states.

“Although devastated by the betrayal and deceit that preceded his abrupt declaration, Plaintiff told Defendant that she loved him, and was willing to fight for the marriage,” the divorce filing alleges.

“Defendant, however, told her that was not an option for him.”

When asked by a reporter from WCCO in Minneapolis if she is separated from her husband and dating someone else, Omar said, “No, I am not.”

She did not comment on Beth Mynett’s accusations.

“I have no interest in allowing the conversation about my personal life to continue and so I have no desire to discuss it,” Omar said.

On Tuesday, Omar responded to the Alabama Republican Party’s resolution demanding her expulsion from Congress with a shot at failed 2017 Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of molesting girls and young women in Alabama in the 1970s.

“I was elected with 78% of the vote by the people of Minnesota’s 5th District, not the Alabama Republican Party,” Omar tweeted. “If you want to clean up politics, maybe don’t nominate an accused child molester as your Senate candidate?”

Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who lost to Democrat Doug Jones in 2017, is running for the GOP nomination again in 2020. He retaliated by blasting Omar for her alleged “numerous sexual relationships” and invoking racist and Islamophobic tropes against her.

“President Trump was right: she should go back to Somalia from whence she came,” Moore said, referring to the president’s racist tweets earlier this summer where he told the Squad to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Omar immigrated as a refugee to the U.S. in her teens and became a naturalized citizen shortly after. Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib were all born in the U.S.

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