Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has once again come under fire for her remarks, this time for trivializing one of the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil, after she described the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks simply by saying “some people did something.”
Part of a speech she made last month at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser, during which she said the radical Muslim group was founded after the terror attacks, surfaced on social media earlier this week.
Ilhan Omar mentions 9/11 and does not consider it a terrorist attack on the USA by terrorists, instead she refers to it as “Some people did something”, then she goes on to justify the establishment of a terrorist organization (CAIR) on US soil. pic.twitter.com/ixP3BJfqxS
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) April 9, 2019
“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,” Omar said.
CAIR describes itself as a “non-profit, grassroots membership organization … established to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America,” but allegedly has ties to several extremist Islamic groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2007, CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in funding the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, as revealed in the case against Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. The United Arab Emirates designated CAIR a terrorist organization in 2014.
Omar immediately received backlash for her comments, with commentators and political figures, such as Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), expressing disbelief.
“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something,'” Crenshaw wrote on social media on April 9. “Unbelievable.”
First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as “some people who did something”.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 9, 2019
Similarly, the chair of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, called her comments a “brazen display of disrespect.”
“Ilhan Omar isn’t just anti-Semitic–she’s anti-American. Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives to Islamic terrorists on 9/11, yet Omar diminishes it as: “Some people did something.” Democrat leaders need to condemn her brazen display of disrespect,” McDaniel wrote on Twitter.
Ilhan Omar isn’t just anti-Semitic – she’s anti-American.
Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives to Islamic terrorists on 9/11, yet Omar diminishes it as: “Some people did something.”
Democrat leaders need to condemn her brazen display of disrespect.pic.twitter.com/k3meEbUOAk
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 9, 2019
Paul Sacca, associate editor of BroBible, also called out the freshman Democrat for minimizing the terror attacks.
“‘Some people did something’ sounds like a bake sale, but it does not really sound like a terrorist attack that killed 3,000 people and altered the NYC skyline forever…,” Sacca wrote.
“Some people did something” sounds like a bake sale, but it does not really sound like a terrorist attack that killed 3,000 people and altered the NYC skyline forever… https://t.co/ti45h1vRqx
— Paul Sacca (@Paul_Sacca) April 9, 2019
Omar has repeatedly been embroiled in controversy for a series of anti-semitic comments she made on social media in the past several months.
In February, she implied a prominent pro-Israel lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), paid off lawmakers for their support of Israel. Her comments received bipartisan condemnation and the congresswoman subsequently apologized for her comments.
She then sparked more outrage later that month when she accused some politicians in Washington who supported Israel as having dual loyalty.
Most recently, she drew strong criticism from political figures, members of the press, and even President Donald Trump for calling White House adviser Stephen Miller, who is Jewish, a “white nationalist.”