Man charged with threatening to kill Muslim US lawmaker
'I'll put a bullet in her [obscenity] skull,' Carlineo said to one of Ilhan Omar's staff members
A New York man was charged with threatening to assault and kill Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, according to multiple reports.
"Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she's a [obscenity] terrorist. I'll put a bullet in her [obscenity] skull,” Carlineo was reported to have said in the call.
"If our forefathers were still alive, they'd put a bullet in her head,” Carlineo initially claimed he had said.
He afterward told authorities he was unsure whether he did, according to CNN.
Omar, a Democratic congresswoman representing Minnesota's 5th district, is one of the first two Muslim lawmakers to be elected into U.S. Congress.
She has received multiple threats to her life and safety, a part of the ongoing criticisms and attacks she has faced since she made comments criticizing Israel, which some saw as "anti-Semitic".
Carlineo had made an initial appearance before a judge on
"I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country," Omar said at a progressive town hall meeting earlier this month, referring to Israel.
The remarks received widespread and bipartisan backlash, with some in Congress labeling them as anti-Semitic.
Omar apologized for similar comments made before, but this time she doubled down, saying she has "not mischaracterized our relationship with Israel. I have questioned it, and that has been clear from my end.
Earlier in the week, the news website The Blast reported that a bomb threat was made at a hotel Omar was scheduled to speak at for a banquet for Muslim Americans in Los Angeles.