‘Some people did something’
Watching Democrats scrambling to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar’s dismissive description of the murderous 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center that killed nearly 3,000 as “some people did something” is more than a little troubling.
Omar made the comment while she was speaking before the Council of American-Islamic Relations about Muslims in this country who, she claimed, were beginning to lose their civil rights in this country after 9/11.
Not to miss an opportunity, Trump then tweeted news footage of the terror attacks on the Twin Towers interspersed with video of Omar making the comment. Trump captioned his tweet: “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
Democrats went wild, with New York Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler fuming Trump “has no moral authority to be talking about 9/11 at all.”
New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker, a presidential hopeful, told CBS that Trump’s action was “vicious, crass and disgusting”; that his remarks were stoking hatred; that it was “so objectionable, so offensive.”
Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, stepped up protection for Omar, she said, after death threats against her spiked.
It certainly is not Omar’s first bout with controversy about her comments. She had suggested lawmakers supported Israel for money and that Americans who support Israel “pledge allegiance” to a foreign nation.
Democrats, though, said little-to-nothing about Omar’s earlier remarks, with some even defending them, although the comments were taken widely to be anti-Semitic.
A cynic could be forgiven for thinking that their response to Trump’s Omar tweet is simply part of the Left’s larger effort to shut down speech they do not like. In this case, they fear his attempt to make Omar and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez poster girls for the Democratic Party.
Trump’s tweet, of course, is what you make of it, but Democrats should remember that defending someone who dismisses 9/11 flippantly as “some people did something” is something many Americans find truly “objectionable” and “offensive.”