The son of a 9/11 victim, after reading names at Ground Zero ceremonies for those lost that day, harshly criticized Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota over her recent “some people did something” reference to the attacks.
Nicholas Haros Jr., who lost his mother, Frances, in the attacks 18 years ago, reminded the audience Wednesday of the al-Qaida attackers and scolded Omar for her remarks.
“Our constitutional freedoms were attacked, and our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian values was attacked. That’s what ‘some people’ did. Got that now?” he said to applause.
In March, Omar, speaking to the Council of American-Islamic Relations in California, said that "some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties."
Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has said she didn’t intend to minimize what happened on 9/11 and accused critics of taking her words out of context. On Wednesday, she released a video on Twitter in which she described her feeling about the attacks as "one of complete horror."
"I was in a classroom in college and I remember rushing home after being dismissed and getting home and seeing my father in complete horror as he sat in front of that TV. And I remember just feeling like the world was ending," she said in the video. "The events of 9/11 were life-changing, life-altering for all of us ... None of us are ever going to forget that day and the trauma that we will always have to live with."
The 2001 attacks were carried out by 19 hijackers affiliated with the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaida, led by the Saudi-born Osama bin Laden.
The dead included Muslims, as Zaheda Rahman underscored after reading names at Ground Zero. She called her uncle, Abul Chowdhury, a “proud Muslim-American man who lived his life with a carefree nature, a zeal for adventure and a tenacity which I emulate every single day.”