The call came to Omar’s office on March 21, according to the FBI. Carlineo seemed unaware that threatening to kill a member of Congress amounted to the same kind of terrorism he supposedly detests. But he was thoughtful enough to leave his contact info and phone number.
When agents tracked him down at his home in Addison, New York, he told them he was a patriot, a Trump lover, and a hater of radical Muslims. As he saw it, he was merely carrying out the work of Thomas Jefferson. “If our forefathers were still alive, they’d put a bullet in her head,” he told the FBI.
Two days earlier, Omar was scheduled to speak at a Los Angeles banquet for the Council of American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group. Prior to the event, a woman left a voicemail at the Hilton where it was to be held.
“What would you do if I told you your hotel was going to be bombed?” she asked. “That is exactly what’s going to happen if you allow the likes of Ilhan Omar into your hotel. She is 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.”
A month before that, the FBI arrested U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant Christopher Hasson in Maryland. The white nationalist had been stockpiling weapons and preparing a hit list that included everyone from Sen. Elizabeth Warren to CNN’s Don Lemon. Omar’s name was included.