Pamela Geller reacted to news that she had been targeted for beheading by a man shot dead by Boston police by saying pretty much what she always says.
“This is a showdown for American freedom,” the anti-Muslim activist said. “Will we stand against this savagery or bow down to them and silence ourselves?”
Boston police fatally shot Usaamah Abdullah Rahim on Tuesday morning after he was stopped for questioning in the alleged plot – which at one point had targeted the 56-year-old organizer of a “Draw Muhammad” contest last month in Texas that ended with police killing two gunmen outside the event.
However, authorities said the 26-year-old Rahim had abandoned those plans and had instead decided to kill law enforcement officers.
“They targeted me for violating sharia blasphemy laws,” Geller said. “They mean to kill everyone who doesn’t do their bidding and abide by them voluntarily.”
Geller, whose American Freedom Defense Initiative frequently organizes provocative demonstrations against Islam, said she was not surprised to be targeted for harm.
“This is a war,” she said.
CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Geller if she “relished” being a target after “stoking the flames.”
“Relish being the target?” Geller asked. “Who self-promotes to get killed?”
She complained that CNN cited the Southern Poverty Law Center’s extensive database on her anti-Islam activities in reporting on the terror plot against her.
“Why do you use the Southern Poverty Law Center, a notorious communist group, to smear me?” Geller asked. “I’m the hunted one. I’m the hunted one. This is incredible to me.”
Watch Geller discuss the case on CNN: