Top House Democrats Defend Omar’s 9/11 Comment: ‘I Saw Nothing Wrong With It’

Washington Free Beacon | 4/14/2019 | Cameron Cawthorne
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BY: Cameron Cawthorne

Two Democratic House chairmen came out in defense of freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) controversial September 11 comment last month.

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Speaking to the Council on American Islamic Relations at a March fundraiser, Omar talked about the difficulties Muslims faced following the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks. She claimed they saw their civil liberties infringed upon, and she referred to the events as an instance when "some people did something." Her point was to praise CAIR for organizing in response.

After the clip of Omar went viral, Republicans and some Democrats in Congress voiced their disgust at the comment. President Donald Trump tweeted out a video of Omar's comments followed by footage of the airplanes flying into the Twin Towers and then the towers collapsing, sparking outrage from Democrats who believed criticism of Omar's comment was "inciting violence" against her.

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Reps. Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, appeared on ABC and CNN, where they defended her comment and pushed back against Trump's tweet.

"I saw the speech she gave and I saw nothing wrong with it," Thompson said. "I saw the president's manufactured tweet where he put pieces in there, but George, we are a nation of laws, a democracy, free speech is here. I saw nothing wrong with the Congresswoman's speech."


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