At an event for the unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) described the 9-11 terrorist attack as “some people did something.”
“CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognize that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” Omar said to CAIR.
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
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Many people were offended by such off-handed, vulgar remarks describing the Islamic terrorist attack that left almost 3,000 Americans dead. The New York Post published an editorial on Wednesday address Omar’s disturbing remarks.
Especially when Omar’s focus was Muslim rights: That made it all the more vital to note that the terrorists acted in the name of Islam — as self-described “jihadists” in a war against America, Israel and the West. To call them merely “some people” is to deny a cancer festering in the world Muslim community.
She went further: “Many people expect our community to feel like it needs to hide every time something happens.” Again, by “something happens,” she means (but won’t say) “when Muslims commit acts of terror.”
No one expects Muslims to “hide” after an attack by Islamist terrorists. No group should be blamed for the deeds of a few of its members. But defeating terrorism requires facing the facts of who’s behind it and why.
The editorial also points out that “CAIR wasn’t founded post-9/11, but in 1994. And the feds later named it an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to steer US funds to the terror group Hamas.” Hamas
Omar complained when she was publicly admonished for her remarks, worried about the “incitement” of violence against her.
These are not the first incendiary, offensive remarks Omar has made. Previously she utilized the anti-Semitic trope that American Jews might have a “dual loyalty” and buy influence for Israel, and she called Jewish White House advisor Stephen Miller a white supremacist. Omar is also a supporter of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement.