Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was the target of a bomb threat at a Los Angeles-area event where she spoke on civil rights for Muslim Americans, according to an exclusive report by The Blast.
Citing court records, the outlet reports that the Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation March 19 after an unnamed woman called the Hilton Hotel in Woodland Hills and threatened to bomb the place for allowing Omar, 37, to speak there. Documents show the woman had dialed from a blocked number, the report said.
Omar, a freshman Democrat who’s come under fire for comments deemed by some to be anti-Semitic, was scheduled to appear as the keynote speaker at a banquet hosted by the Council of American-Islamic Relations. According to a police report, an LAPD officer went to the hotel and listened to the voicemail, which said: “What would you do if I told you your hotel was going to be bombed?”
“That’s exactly what’s going to happen if you allow the likes of Ilhan Omar into your hotel,” it continued. “She’s a danger to American society and your hotel. You are not to allow her foot into there if you value your own safety. Do not allow her in there. Cancel the event.”
The March 23 banquet went off without a hitch, even as dozens of protesters showed up to the hotel to rally against the Muslim congresswoman. Omar has been the target of several attacks ever since the controversy surrounding her alleged anti-Semitic remarks.
In February, the congresswoman faced backlash for tweeting “it’s all about the Benjamins” in reference to the power of campaign contributions and lobbying from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to influence U.S. lawmakers’ virtually unconditional support for Israel. Omar later apologized amid pressure from fellow Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who accused her of using “anti-Semitic tropes” and making “prejudicial accusations” about those who choose to support Israel.
Omar found herself in hot water again, however, when she spoke against the influence of pro-Israel groups on Washington politicians and blasted what she called an expectation to pledge “allegiance to a foreign country.” That quip later led Congress to pass a resolution condemning anti-Semitisim, white supremacy and other forms of bigotry.
As reported by The Blast, LAPD officials said they are now working to pull cellphone information from the call in hopes of nabbing the suspect who made the threat.