Rep. Ilhan Omar has yet to apologize for characterizing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something,” nor has any Democrat, to our knowledge, had to courage to condemn her for downplaying one of the most tragic acts of violence in American history. Instead, both Omar and her enablers have accused everyone from Dan Crenshaw to President Trump of stripping Omar’s words of their context and making it look as though she is some mysterious, foreign threat to the nation.
The truth, though, is that when you take Omar’s speech in its full context, things look even worse for the congressional freshman.
First of all, just look at the full sentence. “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.”
Fact check: FALSE.
First, CAIR was founded years before September 11, 2001.
Second, Muslims lost exactly zero civil liberties in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. If you want to start talking about the Patriot Act and NSA surveillance and all the rest, feel free, but nothing in those Bush Administration initiatives targeted Muslims specifically. Perhaps the TSA was more apt to pat down a brown dude with a long beard and a name like Mohammad al Jazeera, but what are you gonna do? Pretend like it wasn’t Islamic terrorism? Well, that’s what CAIR would have liked us to do. And that’s what Ilhan “Some People” Omar would like us to do today. We’re sure Barack Obama, the man who refused to say a cross word about Islam, is very proud of the young congresswoman from Minnesota.
Third, only moments before describing 9/11 as “some people did something,” Omar said: “So we are coming off a tragic, tragic nightmare that happened to Muslims in New Zealand.” See, she can identify reality when she wants to. She didn’t wave her hand and say “some guy did something in New Zealand,” did she? No. When something happens to Muslims, it’s worth getting specific. When Muslims do something to others, we rush to talk about something else. Like Muslims losing their civil liberties.
Omar’s speech is worse in its full context because it shows she lied about the founding of CAIR, she lied about the purpose and history of CAIR, and she made it clear that she only gives a damn about people being hurt or even inconvenienced when those people are Muslim. As far as we’re concerned, this is strike three for Ilhan Omar. We’re done giving her the benefit of the doubt. Democrats, it’s on you to clean up your house. If you don’t, then we know exactly where you stand as well.