It was the phrase heard around the post-9/11 world.
“Some people did something.”
With the senseless deaths of over 3,000 men, women and children at the hands of 19 terrorists, it should come as no surprise that the American people are slightly sensitive about the dialogue surrounding that time in our history.
So when Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., dismissed the attack with the now infamous phrase “some people did something,” there was a collective outpouring of anger and frustration from the right. In her desperate attempts to justify the existence of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Omar claimed that the questionable organization was formed following the terror attacks to protect the rights of Muslim Americans who found themselves on the receiving end of a lot of hatred. The fact that CAIR was formed in 1994 didn’t matter in the face of the good narrative.
“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 during a speech.
That very phrase was immortalized on the shirt of 9/11 victim Francis Haros’ son, as he called out Omar during the 2019 name-reading at the World Trade Center memorial. The man took a few minutes to speak, during which time he blasted the freshman lawmaker for her “confusion” surrounding the largest terror attack on American soil.
“‘Some people did something,’ said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota,” he stated. “To support and justify the creation of CAIR? Today I’m here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom. Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done. There is no uncertainty about that.
“Why your confusion? On that day 19 Islamic terrorists -—members of al-Qaeda — killed over 3,000 people and caused billions in dollars in economic damage. Is that clear? But as to ‘whom.’ I was attacked, our relatives and friends were attacked, our constitutional freedoms were attacked, and our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked. That’s what some people did. Got that now?”
When asked about that controversial phrase on “Face the Nation,” Omar doubled-down on her rhetoric.
“Do you understand why people found that offensive?” asked host Margaret Brennan.
“So 9/11 was an attack on all Americans,” Omar explained. “It was an attack on all of us. And I could certainly not understand the weight of the pain that the victims of the families of 9/11 must feel, but I think it is really important for us that we are not forgetting the aftermath of what happened after 9/11.”
“Many Americans found themselves, now, having their civil rights stripped from them,” she continued. “So what I was speaking to was, as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me as suspect.”
Yes, Omar really did make the tragedy of 9/11 all about herself.
When pushed on some of her other questionable and arguably anti-Semitic rhetoric since taking Congress, she issued a similar answer.
“I think it’s really important for us to recognize that it’s a new Congress, it’s a diverse Congress and we’re not only diverse in our race, in our ethnicity, in our religion, but we are also diverse in our perspective, in our pain, in our struggles and the hopes and dreams that we have and the kind of America that we want to shape for all of us,” she replied.
You can watch the interview below:
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