The Congresswoman From Somalia
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
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Washington

If a politician of Japanese extraction were addressing a “largely Japanese-American audience” and characterized the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor as “some people did something,” would you think that those words diminished the loss of life and of property suffered by our country 78 years ago in the Pacific Ocean? I would, but apparently Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) would not.

She thinks it is a perfectly respectful — and accurate! — way to refer to the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. by 19 Muslim terrorists in 2001. She characterized the 9/11 attacks in this way just last month to a largely Muslim audience saying, “some people did something.” What the terrorists did, for those who might have forgotten, was murder 2977 people, injure countless thousands more, and cause billions of dollars of property loss.

The Hon. Omar who is Muslim spoke of the 9/11 attacks in this vague and anodyne way for a political purpose. She was speaking to a meeting of CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) and she went on to say that, “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something [italics added] and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” As a matter of fact, CAIR was founded — for whatever reason — 17 years before 9/11 and since 9/11 there has been no discernible loss of “access to our civil liberties,” by which I assume she means Muslim Americans. Incidentally, CAIR is not a widely recognized humanitarian group, as its name would have you believe, but an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist financing case involving the Holy Land Foundation.

Now, of course, the Hon. Omar is not a very well-informed person. Not only does she not understand what she is talking about, but when she talks she mangles the English language. She is a perfect representative of the Democrats’ core constituency, the moron vote.

Nonetheless Democrats are scrambling to Omar’s defense. They are claiming that “the right” and President Donald Trump have incited violence against her. That they are guilty of Islamophobia and of politicizing a grave tragedy, that being the cowardly 9/11 sneak attack against not a military target but against unarmed citizens going about their peaceful business. It was even more treacherous than the Pearl Harbor attack. All the Democrats said pretty much the same thing, but my favorite is Pocahontas. She, sometimes known as Senator Elizabeth Warren, said, “The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman — and an entire group of Americans based on their religion.”

I have not seen that the President said anything about “an entire group of Americans” or about inciting violence against any individual. All he did was send out a tweet showing the Hon. Omar addressing CAIR with her now famous line, “some people did something,” which the President repeated between clips of the burning towers, of the highjacked planes hitting the towers, and of survivors staggering from the destruction, many of whom were destined to die of toxic inhalation later, often years later. That day meant tragedy for thousands, perhaps millions. Whoever edited those clips has a talent for dramaturgy, as did President Trump when ended his tweet with this comment: “We will never forget! Bravo!

Yet obviously the Democrats have already forgotten. They see nothing wrong with the Hon. Omar diminishing one of America’s great tragedies. Let her go on with her anti-Semitic posturing and her ignorant trivialization of American history. What does she think of Valley Forge and the sinking of the USS Maine? Is it all ancient stuff from a faraway irrelevant past?

The millions of Americans to whom 9/11 matters greatly do not count in the eyes of Hon. Omar’s defenders. And apparently President Trump ought not to have responded with his tweet. The Democratic defenders of the Hon. Omar will tell us all how we are to respond to her outbursts. They will dictate for us what we can say and cannot say.

I am not the only American who has had enough of this Congresswoman from Somalia and her defenders in the Democratic Party. We shall see you Election Day 2020.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief ofThe American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: The Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.
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