Apr 19, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Florida man admits sending Ilhan Omar death threat in guilty plea

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is seen in the U.S. Capitols Rayburn Room during a group photo with the Congressional Black Caucus, on Wednesday, April 6.

Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

A Florida man pleaded guilty Tuesday to threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in July 2019, prosecutors said.

Driving the news: David Hannon, 67, of Sarasota admitted sending the member of Congress an email saying, "[You're] dead, you radical Muslim" and referring to her and other congresswomen of color as "radical rats," and saying he was going to shoot the congresswomen in the head, per a Department of Justice statement.

Details: Hannon pleaded guilty to one count of threatening a federal official, according to the DOJ.

  • He sent the email after Omar and three other members of Congress held a televised press conference criticizing then-President Trump, NBC News reports.

Flashback: Omar said in April 2019 she had received an increase in death threats after then-President Trump tweeted a spliced video featuring her remarks on the 9/11 attacks.

What they're saying: "No one should fear violence because of who they are or what they believe,” U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida Roger Handberg said in the Justice Department's statement.

  • "Unlawful threats against our elected officials are an assault against our democracy, and we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to seek justice in these cases."

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