In his post, Trump wrote, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” accompanied by a video compilation of footage from the terrorist attacks. The video ends with the text, “September 11, 2001, We Remember.”
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
The president’s post was in response to Omar’s description of the attacks, who called it “some people did something.” Her comments were made as part of a speech 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.
“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.
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 describes itself as a “nonprofit, grass-roots 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.
The Democratic congresswoman came under fire for trivializing the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 American citizens. Many commentators and political figures immediately condemned her comments.
“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something,’” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) 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.pic.twitter.com/k3meEbUOAk
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 9, 2019
“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.
Paul Sacca, an 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… https://t.co/ti45h1vRqx
— Paul Sacca (@Paul_Sacca) April 9, 2019
“‘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.
Moreover, Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) called his colleague’s comments “insensitive” and “offensive” during an interview with The Daily Briefing.
“Let’s be very clear about this. This is insensitive and offensive. On 9/11, radical terrorists attacked us. New York City lost thousands of people. My district Staten Island and South Brooklyn lost hundreds of cops, firemen, first responders more than any other district in America. There’s a lot of pain right now,” Rose said during the interview.
Her comments also prompted the New York Post to rebuke the congresswoman on the front page of its April 11 paper.
The New York Post’s cover for Thursday calls out Ilhan Omar for trivializing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something” pic.twitter.com/xToghXSGw5
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 11, 2019
Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) came to Omar’s defense after the backlash, calling the New York Post cover “horrifying” and “hateful.”
“I’m not going to quote the NY Post’s horrifying, hateful cover. Here’s 1 fact: @IlhanMN is a cosponsor of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. She‘s done more for 9/11 families than the GOP who won’t even support health care for 1st responders- yet are happy to weaponize her faith,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on April 11.
She also blasted Crenshaw for his criticism of Omar. She wrote, “You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment toward Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes.”
“In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that?” she added.
You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes.
In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that? https://t.co/rkb92IxkKX
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 11, 2019
Earlier today, Omar responded to the criticism by posting a quote from former President George W. Bush and asking the question “Was Bush downplaying the terrorist attack? What if he was a Muslim.”
“The people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!” President George W. Bush
Was Bush downplaying the terrorist attack?
What if he was a Muslim 🤔 https://t.co/XMazssoD49
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 12, 2019
She also claimed she was receiving death threats over her comments, asking fellow congress members to condemn the threats.
“This is dangerous incitement, given the death threats I face. I hope leaders of both parties will join me in condemning it,” she wrote on April 10.
This is dangerous incitement, given the death threats I face. I hope leaders of both parties will join me in condemning it.
My love and commitment to our country and that of my colleagues should never be in question. We are ALL Americans! pic.twitter.com/foTZMpiZKv
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 10, 2019
Omar has come under fire for a number of remarks and actions she had previously made, including making anti-Semitic tropes.