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Navy SEAL Rep. Crenshaw slams Rep. Omar for 9/11 comments

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (Gage Skidmore/Flickr) / Rep. Ilhan Omar (Leopaltik1242/Wikimedia Commons)
April 10, 2019

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s controversial remarks over the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks have garnered widespread criticism, including from colleague Rep. Dan Crenshaw.

“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,” Omar said at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraising event last month, though the clip only surfaced this week.

A clip of her remarks was shared by Imam Mohamad Tawhidi, who said, “Ilhan Omar mentions 9/11 and does not consider it a terrorist attack on the USA by terrorists, instead she refers to it as ‘Some people did something,’ then she goes on to justify the establishment of a terrorist organization (CAIR) on US soil.”

Crenshaw retweeted Tawhidi’s post, along with his own reaction: “First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something.’ Unbelievable.”

Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade also questioned whether Omar was “an American first” after her 9/11 remarks.

Omar tweeted in response to both Crenshaw and Kilmeade, saying, “This is dangerous incitement, given the death threats I face. I hope leaders of both parties will join me in condemning it. My love and commitment to our country and that of my colleagues should never be in question. We are ALL Americans!”

Omar, a traditional Muslim, has been accused of anti-Semitism and sympathizing with terrorists since she was cast in the spotlight during her Congressional campaign, and again since her swearing in.

In January, she wrote a letter to a judge on behalf of Abdirahman Yasin Daud, who was arrested while attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS, and requested a lighter sentence for him, ABC 30 reported at the time.

She has attended multiple fundraising events for CAIR, which has been repeatedly accused of funding terrorism.

CAIR has also been named as a financier of Hamas, an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, and called out for its anti-Israel positions. It has also been banned in the UAE, Fox News reported in 2014.

“CAIR’s anti-Israel agenda dates back to its founding by leaders of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a Hamas affiliated anti-Semitic propaganda organization,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. “While CAIR has denounced specific acts of terrorism in the U.S. and abroad, for many years it refused to unequivocally condemn Palestinian terror organizations and Hezbollah by name, which the U.S. and international community have condemned and isolated.”

Last month, Crenshaw also said that Omar’s continued presence on the House Foreign Affairs Committee indicates the Democrat Party’s support of her controversial remarks, since the party holds majority, and its leaders decide who sits on the committee.

“She has a platform on the Foreign Affairs Committee to condemn Israel. That tells us that the Democratic leadership also supports that,” Crenshaw said on Fox News. “Here in Congress, our leadership tells us what committees we can be on. So when there is something the party is against, they will not put you on that committee.”

“Ilhan Omar isn’t just anti-Semitic – she’s anti-American,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a tweet following Omar’s remarks on 9/11. “Democrat leaders need to condemn her brazen display of disrespect.”

McDaniel followed with another tweet saying Omar “has no business serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee.”