Nicholas Haros Jr., whose mother died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, used part of his address at an annual remembrance service Wednesday to attack Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and other freshman progressive lawmakers known as “The Squad.”
Haros Jr., wearing a black T-shirt with the words “Some people did something?,” singled out the congresswoman and the other members of “the Squad” after reading the names of the dead at the annual remembrance event at the 9/11 memorial in New York City.
The shirt references out of context remarks made by Rep. Omar that drew attacks from President Trump and others on the right.
“Today I am here to respond to you, exactly who did what to whom,” Haros said, referring to Omar’s remarks. “We know who and what was done, there’s no uncertainty about that.”
“‘Some people did something’ said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota…Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 11, 2019
The Hill notes:
Several of Omar’s colleagues in the House defended her, arguing that her remarks were taken out of context and noting the end of her quote in which she said that many Muslims across the country were being improperly connected with the attack.
Weeks after her remarks, Trump shared an edited video on Twitter that juxtaposed images of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with Omar’s comments. The video was quickly condemned by politicians and prominent figures. At the time, Omar also said she received a surge in death threats.
During his remarks Wednesday, Haros also criticized other minority lawmakers in Congress — Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).
“Our constitutional freedoms were attacked and our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked. That’s what some people did — got that now? We are here today, congresswoman, to tell you and ‘The Squad’ just who did what to whom,” Haros said.
“In my speech, I was talking about how our civil liberties as Muslims were being eroded after the horrific attacks of 9/11. And for people to suggest that I do not have an ability to understand – I was 18 years old when that happened,” Omar said in April, clarifying her remarks.
“I was in a classroom in college and I remember rushing home after being dismissed and I remember my father sitting in complete horror as he sat in front of the TV and I remember just feeling like the world was ending… I think there is a particular bias and a certain lens that people critique the words I use,” she continued. “And that is not a bias or a lens that I can get rid of with one answer, with one conversation.”
“September 11th was an attack on all of us. We will never forget the thousands of Americans who lost their lives in the largest terror attack on U.S. soil. I will continue to fight to make sure we care for the first responders and families who lost loved ones,” Omar shared on Twitter Wednesday marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.