'What happens if I am killed?' Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks out about threats


Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke to constituents at a town hall on May 2 at Edison High School in Minneapolis.

WASHINGTON - Death threats are a persistent part of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's life.

"I have to have regular conversations with my kids: 'What happens if I am killed?'" Omar said in an interview. "I have to have regular conversations with them about how to walk down the street, things to look for."

Since the Minneapolis Democrat won her congressional seat in 2018, two men have pleaded guilty to threatening to kill her. Omar's name, along with those of other prominent Democrats and some media figures, was found on a list put together by a man federal prosecutors warned "stockpiled assault weapons, studied violence, and intended to exact retribution on minorities and those he considered traitors."



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