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Ilhan Omar has again faced great danger this week after she revealed she was the intended target of a death threat.

The Minnesota congresswoman tweeted the contents of the note on Wednesday in response to a tweet from David Perry, a columnist for Pacific Standard, who shared a photo of the congresswoman and her security guard.

“I hate that we live in a world where you have to be protected from fellow humans,” she wrote on Twitter. “But until deranged people like this stop threatening my life and the lives of others, I have to accept the reality of having security.”

“You will not be going back to Washington, your life will end before your ‘vacation’ ends,” the note reads. The writer of the note also threatened that the action would be carried out by “a very capable person with a very big ‘Gun'” at the Minnesota State Fair. “They say we can’t get the Somali Stink out of the clean Minnesota air, but we’re going to enjoy the adventure,” the note continued.

In April a New York Trump supporter was arrested after he was linked to a series of threats to harm and kill the congresswoman.

The most recent threat caps a difficult week in the news for Omar as she faced another racist charge to return back to Somalia from former Alabama Supreme Court justice, Roy Moore.  “President Trump was right, she should go back to Somalia,” Moore tweeted.

It’s important to again remind everyone that Omar is a naturalized citizen who immigrated to the United States from Somalia as a young girl.

Earlier in the week Alabama Republicans passed a resolution calling for the Omar to be unseated in congress. Omar responded to the resolution with a tweet condemning the attack, while also pointing out Moore’s tarnished legacy as he was accused of sexually molesting three women, most of whom were underage teens at the time of the alleged incidents. The accusations undoubtedly swayed the public opinion of Moore resulting in a loss when he ran for Senate during a special 2017 election to fill the seat left by former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.

“I was elected with 78% of the vote by the people of Minnesota’s 5th District, not the Alabama Republican Party,” Omar tweeted.

Last month Omar was the subject of a barrage of attacks from President Trump who found favor in condemning Omar without naming her in a series of tweets that called for her to return back to Somalia.

Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to congress, has been the subject of critique after she was accused of being anti-semitic after she critiqued one of the largest pro-Israel lobbying groups. Since her commentary, she has apologized but still remains in solidarity over the treatment of Palestinians in the Palestine-Israel conflict.

The congresswoman also faced accusations that she used campaign funds to pay a political consultant who she was accused of having an extramarital affair with. The allegations have resulted in a Federal Election Commission complaint filed by the conservative National Legal and Policy Center. Omar has denied the affair and declined to comment further when asked about the allegations in a recent CBS Minnesota interview.

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