The son of a woman who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-NY, during a Wednesday ceremony commemorating the victims.
While speaking at the annual 9/11 anniversary ceremony at the Ground Zero memorial site, Nicholas Haros Jr. wore a t-shirt alluding to controversial comments made by Omar earlier this year, the New York Post reported.
“’Some people did something,’ said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota,” he said. “Today I am 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?” Haros said. “On that day, 19 Islamic terrorist members of al Qaeda killed over 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars of economic damage. Is that clear?”
“But as to whom,” he said, “I was attacked, your relatives and friends were attacked, our constitutional freedoms were attacked and our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked.”
Haros added: “We are here today, congresswoman, to tell you and the Squad just who did what to whom. Show respect in honoring them, please. American patriotism in your position demand it.”
According to the Post, Haros’ mother died in the 9/11 attacks at the age of 76.
Omar’s 9/11 comments
Omar,a Somali immigrant who has a long history of inflammatory comments about the United States and Israel, came under fire from conservatives in April after a video surfaced on Twitter showed her characterizing 9/11 as “some people did something” during a Council on American-Islamic Relations banquet in California on March 23.
In the aftermath of the controversy, the Post pilloried Omar in a front-page editorial. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump retweeted a video interspersing her edited remarks with video of the carnage of 9/11. He commented: “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Omar and her defenders have accused her critics of picking on her because she is a black Muslim woman.
The Minnesota lawmaker responded to the backlash in a series of April tweets suggesting that Trump, whom she indirectly called “corrupt, inept,” and “vicious,” cannot “threaten my unwavering love for America.”