The father of a New York firefighter who died on 9/11 has again demanded an apology from Rep. Ilhan Omar after describing the terrorist attacks as & # 39; some people have done something & # 39 ;.
Jim Riches, whose son Jimmy was one of the approximately 3,000 Americans who died in the New York attack, commented on the annual GOP gala in Manhattan on Tuesday night.
& # 39; Them [Ilhan Omar] We owe us an apology and we will get it, & he said, adding that President Trump & # 39; 100 percent was right for & # 39; tweeting a soundbite from Omar & # 39; s comments intertwined with images from 9/11.
Retired Deputy Chief, New York City Fire Department Jim Riches (photo), has demanded an apology from Ilhan Omar after she described 9/11 as & # 39; some people have done something & # 39;
& # 39; He told it as if it was what happened that day, & # 39; said Riches of the video.
Earlier this month, a man from New York was arrested and charged after referring to her office to Omar as a & # 39; terrorist & # 39; and threatened to smash a bullet through her skull & # 39 ;.
And since Trump's tweet last Friday, Omar has been subjected to further threats and harassment, which showed only part of her speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The Congressman from Minnesota said she said in context that Muslims are increasingly maligned and attacked in the aftermath of the 911.
Omar (right) argues that her comments were taken out of context when she was making a broader point that all Muslims paid for the acts of 9/11 terrorists. It also appeared that George W. Bush had used similar language to describe the attacks at that time
& # 39; For far too long we have lived with the inconvenience of being a second-class citizen and frankly I'm tired of it and every Muslim in this country would be tired of it & # 39 ;, she said on March 23.
& # 39; CAIR was established after 9/11 because they acknowledged that some people were doing something and that we were all starting to lose access to our civil liberties. & # 39;
One of these civil liberties is the Islamic travel ban of President Trump, of whom Omar was one of the strongest critics.
& # 39; Trump may not have got his border wall, but he has created an invisible wall to exclude people around the world based on their religion alone, & # 39; she said with tears as they joined other democratic legislators on Capitol Hill last week to submit a bill. Prohibition Law – that would revoke the president's executive order.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) wipes tears from her eyes as she talks about Trump's management policy towards Muslim immigrants on 10 April.
Riches previously wrote an opinion for the New York Post in which he called for Omar's removal from Congress.
& # 39; It is very sad that she could make such a light [9/11]. She came here from Somalia, & he wrote.
& # 39; She was trained here. We took care of her. And now she says that 911 was nothing? & # 39;
Omar defended her comments and pointed out that George W. Bush made similar comments in the aftermath of the tragedy and noted the difference in public response.
The comparison, first noted by the Washington Post fact-finding check, refers to an improvised speech that Bush made on September 14, 2001 at Ground Zero to save workers when he was the 9/11 attackers & the people who beat these buildings & # 39; as part of a deliberate attempt not to refer to them as Muslims.
President Donald Trump tweeted a video from Ilhan Omar about 9/11 on 12 April 2019, covered with images of the tragedy
Bush said: & # 39; I can hear you! I can hear you! You hear the rest of the world! And the people – and the people who have demolished these buildings – will hear all of us soon! & # 39;
Omar has said that the furore surrounding her comments – which she claims have been taken out of context – comes from her religion.
& # 39; Was Bush trivialize the terrorist attack? What if he was a Muslim, & she asked on Twitter.
Omar received support from Democrats, including front-runner 2020 and Senator Bernie Sanders, who said on Saturday: "Remember, George W. Bush, I didn't have much in common with him."
& # 39; What did he do a few days after 9/11, he went to a mosque. Do you remember that? He went to a mosque to say that criminals, terrorists, attacked the United States, not the Muslim community. That's what he did. It's true.
& # 39; We've had a president trying to divide us by cheap color, by the color of our skin … by our religion, & # 39; Sanders added.
& # 39; By God, that's not what a president should do – we can't agree, for God's sake, that's democracy, but you don't have the president of the United States trying to force us to have undocumented migrants hate. You know, that's not what America should be about. & # 39;
Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib also defended Omar in an interview with NBC News.
Ze They do this for us all the time, especially women of color. They do that. They take our words out of context because they are afraid, because we speak the truth. We're talking the truth about power, & # 39; Tlaib said.
But Riches said he wondered why the New York Democrats did not condemn Omar and added that they cannot & # 39; cope with reality & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Schumer, Nadler, all New York politicians were silent. They didn't say one thing, & Riches said.
Rep. Jerry Nadler instead criticized President Trump, saying he had: & # 39; No moral authority to talk about 9/11 at all. & # 39;
The President's remarks on the day of the 2001 attack resurfaced, bragging that his tower was now the tallest in Manhattan because the World Trade Center was gone.
& # 39; Forty Wall Street was actually the second tallest building in downtown Manhattan and it was actually the tallest building for the World Trade Center. And when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second highest point, and now it's the highest, & he said.