For those who lived through 9/11, it will be impossible to forget that fateful Tuesday.
That day, which will live in infamy, has done more to shape America than any day since Pearl Harbor Day.
Which is why the simple fact Ilhan Omar refuses to apologize over the heinous thing she did to 9/11 survivors is so tragic.
Ilhan Omar, an immigrant from Somalia, who was recently discovered to be living in sin by having an affair behind her husband’s back, is one of the most controversial congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.
She’s the one who’s essentially called for war with Israel (not militaristic, but economic and social), and she’s the one who essentially denied the role of radical Muslims in the 9/11 attacks.
That heinous denial hasn’t just caused the American public a great deal of distress, for the family of survivors, it’s been like a dagger in the side.
On the 18th anniversary of the fatal attacks that changed the fabric of American life forever, Nicholas Haros Jr. took Omar to task for insensitive remarks she made a few months ago.
In those comments, Omar brushed off how radicalized Muslims orchestrated one of the most destructive acts of terror of all time.
Instead, she tried to use 9/11 and the consequential retaliatory measures against “The Axis of Terror” as proof that White America wanted to wage war against “brown people.”
Back in April, she made the following remarks, “Here’s the truth. Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. 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. So you can’t just say that today someone is looking at me strange, that I am trying to make myself look pleasant. You have to say this person is looking at me strange, I am not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why. Because that is the right you have.”
Nicholas Haros Jr.’s mother died in the attacks on 9/11, and for him to see Omar politicize the attacks back in April did not sit well with him.
Which is why he gave a speech on the anniversary last week (all while adorned in a T-shirt that read, ‘Some people did something’), and blasted Omar for her insensitive comments.
In his speech, Haros Jr. 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?”
“But as to whom? I was attacked.
Your relatives and friends were attacked. Our constitutional freedoms were attacked and our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles was attacked.”
He went on: “That’s what some people did,” Haros Jr. concluded. “Got that now? We are here today congresswoman to tell you and the Squad just who did what to whom. Show respect in honoring them, please.”
Omar has refused to retract those offensive comments and hasn’t made an apology.
Instead, she’s attempting to reposition her comments as historic and consequential.
On Sunday, she responded to the assertions of the families that her indifference to their tragedy isn’t true.
Speaking on Face the Nation she said, “I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the victims of the families of 9/11 must feel…but we should also remember that many Americans had ‘their civil rights stripped from them’ in the wake of the attacks.”
Doubling down on her position is all she could think to do, rather than admitting she was wrong.
How unfortunate, and how telling of the future our children and grandchildren will inherit.