The death threat against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is attributable to anti-Islamic rhetoric of Fox News host Jeannie Pirro, according to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
"Understand when Jeanine Pirro goes on Fox + rallies people to think hijabs are threatening, it leads to this," Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted with a link to a story of a man charged with a death threat against Rep. Omar. "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."
Pirro was reportedly suspended by Fox News for questioning Rep. Omar's loyalty to the United States because her hijab is "antithetical to the United States Constitution."
Patrick Carlineo, 55, of Addison, N.Y., allegedly phoned Rep. Omar with a death threat.
"Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood?" Carlineo asked a staff, according to federal prosecutors.
"Why are you working for her, she's a [expletive]. I'll put a bullet in her [expletive] skull."
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