Following Pelosi’s home invasion, Omar attacked online for job security
WASHINGTON — On the day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was attacked by an intruder at the couple’s home, a right-wing news site published an article criticizing U.S. Representative Ilhan’s hiring of private security Omar in response to what lawmakers called death threats.
Omar, D-5e District, was the only person who was not a member of the Republican and Democratic House and Senate leadership to be hustled into a special secure room when a mob of Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Capitol police at the time believed Omar’s life was in danger.
Omar has also received special protection from the Capitol Police at other times due to concerns about threats against the progressive lawmaker who has become a lightning rod for the right. Omar has also hired private security while in her Twin Cities-based district.
The daily calla The right-wing news and opinion website Fox News, host Tucker Carlson founded but sold in 2020, criticized Omar for spending his campaign fund what Federal Election Commission records show is more $27,000 for security in August and September.
The story, which aired on Friday, also said Omar opposed defunding the police. Omar has backed a failed election referendum that would have turned the Minneapolis Police Department into a new Public Safety Department, but said she favors reform and restructuring, not necessarily funding, of the police force. order.
Representative Tom Emmer, R-6e District, retweeted the daily call story Friday with this: “Security for me, but not for you. This is the Democratic way.
Meanwhile, Omar said on Friday the number of threats she has received has increased since the summer.
“Unfortunately, death threats and even assassination plots are a regular part of my life as a public servant,” Omar said. “These increase when prominent right-wing figures publicly target me, particularly during campaign season. Since the summer, I have seen an increase in threats.
She also said that the threats “not only create a dangerous environment for me, but also for my family, my staff and people who share my identity.”
Responding to a burglary at Pelosi’s San Francisco home early Friday, police found Paul Pelosi, 82, and the alleged assailant, David DePape, struggling with a hammer. DePape, 42, then punched Pelosi in the head and body before being subdued and arrested, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said.
DePape had posted conspiracy theories on a social media platform about COVID vaccines, the 2020 election and the January 6 attack and had shouted, “Where’s Nancy?” when he broke into the Pelosi residence. The speaker was not at home, but in Washington DC, Paul Pelosi was hospitalized but is expected to recover.
“The violent assault on Speaker Pelosi’s husband, Paul, is a chilling reminder of the risks associated with simply having a loved one in public service,” Omar said. “My thoughts are with Paul Pelosi, the Chairman, and all of their family during this painful time.”
Threats against members of Congress are on the rise. Earlier this year, the United States Capitol Police reported more than 9,600 threats against lawmakers in 2021, more than double the number recorded in 2017. And between Jan. 1 and March of this year, Capitol Police opened 1,820 new cases, some of which included “statements and threats. ”
In response to the increase in threats, the House Sergeant at Arms announced in August that his office would pay each member up to $10,000 to enhance the security of their homes, including cameras, lights, detectors movement, special locks and other devices.