So far, authorities have not found a direct connection but believe the gunmen in the Texas attack may have been inspired by the Islamic State.
But Geller said she has been threatened in the past and is not surprised to be threatened now.
“I knew what the stakes were when I started planning the cartoon contest. But it had to be done,” she told The Washington Post in an e-mail. “The jihadis had to be shown that at least some Americans will not bow to violent intimidation.
“I love life. I do not love death like the jihadis. But I will not live as a slave.”
Still, investigators met with her Wednesday and are in the process of conducting a “comprehensive threat assessment” to determine whether the threat is legitimate. In the meantime, Geller said, she has ramped up her private security.
“We have been in touch with Pamela Geller,” New York police spokesman Stephen Davis told the New York Daily News. “People known to be associated with ISIS [the Islamic State] have posted a direct threat to her. To whatever extent she will be in New York City, we will do a comprehensive threat assessment to determine what, if any measures, to take.”
“We have to treat it like it’s a direct threat because they named her,” he added.