WATCH: Ilhan Omar Responds to 9/11 Family Member Who Criticized Her
18 years after the attack on the World Trade Center, September 11th remains a somber day of remembrance. Nicholas Harro Jr., whose Mother died in the World Trade Center attack, blasted Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar on September 11th of 2019.
Harro Jr. singled out the congresswoman for her saying that “some people did something” on the fateful day. On Sunday, Omar responded to the criticism leveled by Harro Jr. and said that many Americans had their civil rights stripped after the attack.
While reading the names of the dead during a 9/11 ceremony, Haros Jr. took the opportunity to speak directly to Omar. 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. That’s what some people did. Got that now?”
Omar was asked about the comments while appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation. She responded, “9/11 was an attack on all Americans. It was an attack on all of us, and I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the families of the victims of 9/11 must feel.”
The Minnesota congresswoman continued:
“It’s important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting the aftermath of 9/11, [when] many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them, and so what I was speaking to was that 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.”
You can watch a video of the response here:
“I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the victims of the families of 9/11 must feel,” @IlhanMN says, but we should also remember that many Americans had “their civil rights stripped from them” in the wake of the attacks. pic.twitter.com/m6LbX3i2DG
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) September 15, 2019