Controversy Erupts Over Rep. Ilhan Omar Describing 9/11 Attacks as ‘Some People Who Did Something’

By Staff | April 11, 2019 | 6:01pm EDT
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The New York Post and CBS New York have done reports discussing a speech Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) gave at a fundraiser for at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, where she described the 9/11 terrorist attack that killed almost 3,000 people “some people who did something.”

In what CBS New York described as “an extended clip of the comment.” Omar said: “Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen, and frankly I am tired of it and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

CBS interviewed Hussam Ayloush, the executive director of CAIR Los Angeles, who indicated her comments were being taken out of context.

“This is becoming habitual manufactured outrage,” Ayloush told CBS.

“She did not want to dignify these terrorists, and the topic about which she was talking about was CAIR,” said Ayloush. “She was talking about CAIR established a civil rights work, how the American Muslim community has been feeling since that horrific act.”

Ayloush, CBS reported, said people should watch Omar’s entire 20-minute speech.

“If anything that’s probably a great speech, praising why people come to America, why here parents decided to come as refugees, seeking liberty and justice,” said Ayloush.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R.-Texas) and Rep. Peter King (R.-N.Y.) have criticized her statement.

In a Tweet, Crenshaw said: “First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something.’ Unbelievable.”

King told CBS New York: “Absolute disgrace. This is an insult to everyone who was killed, murdered on Sept. 11.”

King told CBS New York he had not watched the whole speech, but CBS New York said he said he did not need to. “You can’t talk about it in such an abstract way,” King said on CBS New York. “This was too human. This was blood and guts that was shed that day.”

According to reporter Alice Gainer of CBS News New York: “Well, this afternoon, Congresswoman Omar called this dangerous incitement given the death threats she faces and that her love and commitment to our country should never be in question. Late this afternoon…Congressmen Crenshaw responded by tweeting that he never called her un-American or incited violence against her and that her comment is still unbelievable.”

In its story, the New York Post quoted Rep. Lee Zeldin (R.-N.Y.), who was also critical of Omar.

"It is deeply disturbing that a sitting member of Congress would trivialize the deaths of thousands of Americans, one of the most pivotal events in US history and a terrorist attack that to this day continues to take the lives of our fellow countrymen," Zeldin told the Post.

According to the Post, several leading Democrats did not comment on the matter. The Post reported:

“Angelo Roefaro, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, offered up a ‘no comment.’

“A rep for Jerry Nadler didn't comment and Carolyn Maloney and Eliot Engel did not return calls.

“Pelosi also did not respond to a request for comment.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley did defend Omar. In a Tweet, she said:
“@Ilhan full comments clearly speak to post 9/11 #Islamophobia Manipulating her remarks is defaming & dangerous for her & her family. Stop with this recklessness. @rupertmurdoch this is on you—stoking hate, fear & division, putting REAL lives at risk. Shame on you.”



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