The Tampa Bay Times recently reported that a Florida congressional candidate, Republican George Buck, recently sent out a fundraising email that implied that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, along with other “traitors” should be hanged for treason.
The controversial email also falsely stated that Omar is an “asset” and is working to pass state secrets to Iran through Qatar.
The email went out on November 26 from Buck, who is running for Congress in St. Petersburg, Florida. The email actually said that the US “should hang these traitors where they stand.” Wow.
The Yampa Bay Times said that while it wasn’t completely clear who Buck was calling “traitors”, US Reps. Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib were mentioned.
Also mentioned was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Charlie Crist, who has become Bucks major political nemesis.
The email also make false statements about congressional newcomer and powerhouse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
At first, Buck denied his involvement with the email, saying: “That was not me. I did not see that … I would never talk like that.””
The Times reported, however, that Buck then released another statement where he seemed to support the email and re-emphasized the definition of treason and punishments for the crime in this country, which, of course, include fines, jail time, and yes, death.
The timing of Buck’s email is interesting, considering that just days before it, Omar’s Republican opponent Danielle Stella was placed on a Twitter ban because she suggested that Omar be tried for treason and she repeated the same unsupported allegation that Omar is tied to Qatar.
Omar has denied the allegations and said they were “absurd.”
Omar is no stranger to this type of attack. She has been the main focus of right wing conspiracy theories since day one, with President Trump leading the way- most famously using Twitter to tell Omar, and other freshman congresswomen to “go back” to their “broken and crime infested” countries.