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Ilhan Omar's office receives package with 'suspicious substance'

Rep. Ilhan Omar said her office had been sent a package containing a 'suspicious substance' on Tuesday but that law enforcement officer determined it was not dangerous.

She tweeted that it came with a threat, reading: 'The Patriarchy will rise again.

'Merry f***ing Christmas.'

As a leading member of the progressive grouping known as 'the squad' and a Muslim immigrant from Somalia, she is something of a hated figure for the right.

Senior Republicans have accused her of anti-Semitism for taking a hard line on Israel's human rights record and condemned her for making what they said were anti-American statements.

But her supporters warned such words could trigger hate attacks.

Later on Tuesday, Omar shrugged off the impact of the package.

Rep. Ilhan Omar said she had been sent a package with a suspicious substance and a threat saying: 'The Patriarchy will rise again. Merry f***ing Christmas'

Rep. Ilhan Omar revealed she had been sent a suspicious package on Tuesday. Later she said it had not stopped her completing a busy schedule of votes, committee hearings and meetings

'Three committee hearings, three votes, interviews, rallies, meetings and our day isn’t even halfway done,' she tweeted. 

'They can send the threatening emails, phone calls and packages to distract us but nothing will ever slow us down as we serve the people of #MN5,' she said referring to her Congressional district in Minnesota.

'I survived war, I got this.' 

U.S. Capitol Police told USA Today that the area around Omar's Capitol Hill office was 'briefly restricted' as they checked the substance. 

'An on-site test of the substance was negative for anything hazardous,' it said.

The scare' comes during a surge in threats to lawmakers in Congress.

'As the Department has previously reported, the number of threats made against Congress has increased significantly,' U.S. Capitol Police said in May.

'This year alone, there has been a 107% increase in threats against Members compared to 2020. 

'Provided the unique threat environment we currently live in, the Department is confident the number of cases will continue to increase.'

A suspicious package containing white powder was sent to the Kentucky home of Sen. Rand Paul earlier this year.

'I take these threats immensely seriously. As a repeated target of violence, it is reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities to encourage violence against me and my family, Paul tweeted at the time.

It turned out to be a non-toxic substance. 

And Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee and key figure in President Donald Trump's first impeachment, received multiple threats last year.

On one occasion, the hallway outside his office was reportedly closed as officers investigated a suspicious substance.