OPINION: Omar’s 9/11 Comments Despicable, Taken Out of Context or Not


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By Ian Haworth, Conservative Contributor

Both Ilhan Omar’s obscene dismissal of the 9/11 attacks, and the rhetoric used by those who are rallying at her side, should act as a stark warning of the Democratic future they will bring upon us.

Speaking at a fundraiser for CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (which has alleged links to terrorist organizations), Ilhan Omar referred to the infamous 9/11 attacks as “Some people did something”. Rather ironically, the Washington Post attempted to explain the statement in a broader context, stating that “It’s often easy to be bedazzled by a video clip” and that “short clips may lack context”. Because context is important, here is her full statement:

“Here’s the truth. For 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 and that I am trying to make myself look pleasant. You have to say that 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.”

To ignore the absurdity of Omar’s language is either an act of deep denial, or the result of a macabre desire to protect Omar’s ideology. Despite Omar’s “different experience in the use of words”, her language has only increased in veracity. Those who have followed her stream of virulent anti-semitic comments should be in no way surprised that she would dismiss the worst terrorist attack on American shores as “some people did something”. It’s just Ilhan being Ilhan.

The wider issue which must be addressed is the fact that she does not exist in an ideological vacuum. Ilhan Omar dipped her toe in the Democrat’s pool of radical ideology. The water was warm, and cheered on by the vocal support of her political associates, & she jumped in headfirst.

Rashida Tlaib defended Omar’s 9/11 comments by arguing that Omar “speaks truth to power”. The logic that allows Tlaib to see “truth” in the definition of violent radical Islamic terrorists as “some people” or flying commercial airliners into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon as “something” is truly terrifying.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez predictably rallied behind her “ally” Omar in classic fashion: deflect and attack:

You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes. (@AOC/Twitter)

This Tweet was directed towards Dan Crenshaw. Dan Crenshaw, who served in the U.S. Navy Seals for ten years, including three tours of duty to Afghanistan. Dan Crenshaw, who lost the vision in one eye after being injured by an improvised explosive device. For Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Crenshaw’s service and sacrifice is meaningless because he has criticized her “ally”, and disagrees with her policy positions.

Omar, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez represent all that is deeply wrong with the radical Left. Ilhan Omar has been permitted to unleash unadulterated and increasingly radical rhetoric. Rashida Tlaib sullies the fundamental value of “truth” by repeatedly defending Omar as “speaking truth to power”. Combined with Ocasio-Cortez’s trademark arrogance and ignorance, they threaten us with a future where those who are willing to give their lives in defense of the United States are viewed with complete contempt if they dare to highlight the deep-seeded bigotry of the “fresh new faces” of the Democratic Party.

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