A New York man has been arrested for threats made against Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
Patrick W. Carlineo Jr. faces 10 years in prison or a $250,000 fine, as a result of a March 21 phone call received by one of Rep. Omar's staffers. Carlineo allegedly asked if Omar worked for the Muslim Brotherhood before accusing her of being a terrorist and stating he would “put a bullet in her f**king skull.”
The report was made by the United States Capitol Police, who promptly began an investigation with the FBI, according to a statement released by the Western District of New York District Attorney’s Office.
After the threat was made public, many officials came to the support of Omar, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — who tweeted the story and linked the threat to comments made by Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro.
Understand when Jeanine Pirro goes on Fox + rallies people to think hijabs are threatening, it leads to this.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 7, 2019
Folks who imply we’re “bad” for politics, the party, the country, etc. have no idea the threats we deal w/ because of that kind of language.
Talk policy, not personal. https://t.co/udFg3LMdgB
“Understand when Jeanine Pirro goes on Fox + rallies people to think hijabs are threatening, it leads to this,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet.
President Trump also weighed in hours after charges were announced, in a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition. During the speech, Trump called out Rep. Omar by name and claimed the representative did not like Israel. In response to Trump's comments, Omar tweeted in both Arabic and English praying on behalf of Trump for forgiveness.
رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِقَوْمِي فَإِنَّهُمْ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 7, 2019
My Lord, forgive my people for they do not know. https://t.co/mtEzMrCLKF
Authorities have yet to say when Carlineo was apprehended, but he is currently in custody awaiting a detention hearing on April 10.
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