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WASHINGTON – Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) four-word statement has thrown her in another controversy, one that is still an emotional reality for many Americans who lost loved ones and friends in the 9/11 terrorist attack.

The New York Post slammed Omar on her September 11, 2001, statement with a reminder of what America lost that tragic day on Thursday.

The Post’s page read:

“Rep. Ilhan Omar: 9/11 was ‘some people did something.’”

“Here’s your something: 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”

Followed by a bottom headline: “Omar outraged the families of 911 victims by referring dismissively to the terrorist attacks while speaking to a Muslim lobbying group.” 

The Post’s front page was referring to Omar’s comment at the Council of American-Islamic Relations fundraiser that took place last month. At the fundraiser, Omar called for the group to ‘make people comfortable’ with Muslim-American activism.

Many such as Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) did not let Omar’s recent statements go unnoticed.

Omar attempted to rebuttal, saying she took an oath to uphold the Constitution.

The chair of the Republican National Committee said that Omar is anti-American and that “Democrat leaders need to condemn her brazen display of disrespect.”

Omar’s September 11 statement even prompted a parent of a New York firefighter who died on /911 to write an op-ed in the New York Post. The piece, headlined, “My FDNY Son’s Death on 9/11 was more than just ‘Something,” was geared towards reminding Omar of the pain and loss experienced on that day.

In the piece, Jim Riches says Omar should apologize to America and perhaps talk to these people who lost loved ones. Talking may open Omar’s eyes to what parents like him experienced (and continue to experience) after terrorists flew two planes into the towers.

His words also remind readers – and Omar – that ‘closure’ will never come for him because his son will never walk through the front door again.

Some New Yorkers had different reactions to Omar’s statements.

Leila Murphy of Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization founded by family members of those killed on 9/11, said, “I think that Rep. Omar is being unfairly called out and targeted for her remark. This remark was taken out of context. It is true that many people (myself included) suffered an immeasurable, unfathomable loss on September 11. It is also true that the government made grave mistakes in the aftermath of 9/11 and we all lost civil liberties as a result. These truths are not mutually exclusive. 

Murphy is the daughter of a 9/11 victim.

Donna O’Connor, a 9/11 mother said lighting the rage toward Omar must stop.

Omar has been facing criticism for months now. In February, she was criticized by Crenshaw for prejudice toward the Jewish community. Omar had to publicly apologize for her anti-Semitic language and was called out by fellow Democrats.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.

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