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Speaker at 9/11 Ceremony Questions Muslim Congresswoman's Patriotism

Speaker at 9/11 Ceremony Questions Muslim Congresswoman's Patriotism
Nic Haros, left, participates in a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 at the National September 11 Memorial, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 in New York. Haros read a statement during the ceremony addressed to U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 September 2019 03:07 PM

A 9/11 mourner, taking part in the annual 9/11 memorial service in New York, took the opportunity to mock Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., NBC News is reporting.

And another mourner at the ceremony pushed for stricter gun laws.

Nicholas Haros Jr. of New Jersey, whose mother, Francis Haros, was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center, took the stage wearing a shirt with the words: “Some people did something” written on the front.

Omar, a Muslim American, has come under attack for using those words earlier this year in discussing the attacks.

"Today I am here to respond to you, exactly who did what to whom," Haros said. "We know who and what was done, there's no uncertainty about that."

"Our constitutional freedoms were attacked and our nation's founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked," Haros said. "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."

NBC News said Omar could not be immediately reached for comment.

However, she tweeted earlier in the day: “We will never forget the thousands of Americans who lost their lives in the largest terror attack on U.S. soil.”

Also, during the ceremony, Debra Epps, whose brother Christopher died in the attacks, said: "I hope today that legislation continues to move forward in banning guns ... so that we can live in a world at peace and the home of the brave."

Haros is a Roman Catholic from Ocean County, New Jersey, who evangelizes online through a group he founded called Facebook Apostles.

Omar fled her native Somalia as a child before her family found asylum in the United States in the 1990s. She was elected from Minnesota last November as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Right-wing media outlets have criticized Omar for remarks she made earlier this year about the increased prejudice and state surveillance faced by Muslims in the United States after the 2001 attacks.

She said the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil-rights group, was created after the attacks "because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties."

CAIR was founded in the 1990s, and Omar's office later said she misspoke, meaning that the organization's reach grew after the attacks.

Shorn of its context, the phrase "some people did something" has been wielded by Omar's opponents, including Trump, to suggest she diminishes the attack.

At Monday's ceremony, Haros wore a T-shirt saying "SOME PEOPLE DID SOMETHING?" and a baseball cap advertising his group, Facebook Apostles.

Asked again for comment, Omar's office shared her statement from earlier in the day: "September 11th was an attack on all of us," her statement said. "We will never forget the thousands of Americans who lost their lives in the largest terror attack on U.S. soil."

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A speaker at New York City's Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony on Wednesday assailed U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, a Muslim member of Congress who has often been the target of false slurs by President Donald Trump and right-wing media outlets.The speaker's remarks were an...
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