Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress in American history.
While that's an admirable achievement, it's also revealed the bigotry of some of her fellow Americans. Since her inauguration, the Somalian-American immigrant has been the subject to conspiracy theories, chants of "send her back" at Presidential rallies, and threats against her life.
Omar posted a picture of one of the threats on Twitter, demonstrating just how harmful and hateful the President-approved attacks on her character have become.
I hate that we live in a world where you have to be protected from fellow humans. I hated it as a child living thro… https://t.co/IGQhbOls7y— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar) 1567022756.0
Omar was replying to an observation that her security detail was standing guard behind her while she delivered a speech in Minneapolis on immigration.
The chilling letter reads:
"Ilhan Omar!! You will not be going back to Washington, your life will end before your 'Vacation' ends. That being said, you won't die alone, if that matters. Quite likely it will be at the Minnesota State Fair, that's where the ,you won't die alone, comes in. However we have a very capable person with a very big "Gun". They say we can't get the Somali Stink out of the clean Minnesota air, but we're going to enjoy the adventure."
It offered a glimpse into the daily obstacles of one of America's most targeted politicians.
@IlhanMN So sorry that this person is threatening you. We love you in Minnesota, and I voted for you. How tragic… https://t.co/En2y6qm3qD— Half The Sky - The Goddess is Coming☔️🐲☂️⛈️ (@Half The Sky - The Goddess is Coming☔️🐲☂️⛈️) 1567022971.0
@IlhanMN I am so sorry anyone ever has to deal with unfounded, fearful hate. As a person of great privilege I want… https://t.co/F0frxMZEJ7— Richard LaCelle (@Richard LaCelle) 1567052964.0
@IlhanMN I Stand with you! Thank you for your courage. #EqualityForAll https://t.co/7QHVR5NOi3— Robert holgate (@Robert holgate) 1567052884.0
Sadly, too many of the comments also demonstrated the hostility that motivates despicable threats like these.
@IlhanMN Wars over in Somalia. You can go back there. Maybe they won't hate you there. If your agenda wasn't so ha… https://t.co/3Bf2SDqDcm— Ron R. Thomas (@Ron R. Thomas) 1567086774.0
@IlhanMN Now do you understand why smart Americans want to stop immigration from countries that harbor Islamic radi… https://t.co/uEBDlzu7lr— Dennis Michael Lynch (@Dennis Michael Lynch) 1567030214.0
No additional information has been released on the source of the letter.