News broke this week regarding Representative Omar’s statements which were made at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) meeting. In the statements, Representative Omar states that CAIR was established after 9/11 because Muslim’s were losing access to civil liberties because “some people did something.” The video of the statements as made can be found here via an NBC News release. Of course, that something she references is the 9/11 terror attacks, which were responsible for the death of 2997 people that day. The attacks continue to cause issues almost 18 years later. According to Representative Omar, this was just “something” but it certainly wasn’t a terrorist attack. To her, it was a personal attack on her “civil liberties.” Before we dive into this further, one should reference the CAIR website where it states it was founded in 1994, well before Rep. Omar claims it was founded.
Representative Omar has hit back at those who question her statements as attacking her for being a minority and that her comments were misconstrued. The video link is above and at what she stated, the events were simply “something” but certainly did not seem like anything important to her. Representative Cortez from NY spoke out in support of Rep. Omar stating that people are “quick to weaponize her faith” after the NY Post released a strong rebuke on their front page. In the same article, Rep Tlaib speaks out in support of Rep. Omar suggesting that the attacks are due to those representatives being “women of color.” Rep Omar continued in another interview suggesting that these attacks continue because she is a minority and faces a double standard.
The questions do not come up because of an attack on her being a minority or a double standard that she faces because of this. Democrats are quick to jump onto President Trump for anything he says that they do not like. I don’t think the issue is related to her minority status or a double standard. The issues is that 9/11 was much more than a something. Anyone that lived during that time, remembers exactly where they were when 9/11 occurred. They recall the sights, the sounds, and the days after the attack when the country was in a shocked state. Representative Omar was alive during 9/11 and as an American should have experienced the same emotions that we felt. If she did, the events that day are much more than “something.”