Ilhan Omar Believes Man Who Threatened to Kill Her Deserves 'Compassion'.
19, Representative Ilhan Omar released a letter she wrote in regards to the sentencing of Patrick Carlineo, a man recently convicted of threatening her life.
In her letter, Omar asked the judge presiding over Carlineo’s case to apply a “system of compassion.”.
We must ask: who are we as a nation if we respond to threats of political retribution with retribution ourselves?, Ilhan Omar, via Twitter.
In Omar’s opinion, Carlineo shouldn’t receive a “punitive punishment,” but rather be given the opportunity to “make amends and seek redemption.” .
Punishing the defendant with a lengthy prison sentence or a burdensome financial fine would not rehabilitate him … It would only increase his anger and resentment.
, Ilhan Omar, via Twitter.
Omar then addressed political violence and hate speech as a whole, saying they are not “unique” to Carlineo.
They are an increasing feature in our public sphere.
We will not defeat it with anger and exclusion.
We will defeat it with compassion … We must teach the defendant to love.
, Ilhan Omar, via Twitter