Retired FDNY firefighter Jim Riches delivered a blistering message to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) over her reference to the 9/11 terror attack as “some people did something.”
Riches understands the significance of the deadly attack more than most. His son, Jimmy, was among the nearly 3,000 Americans murdered by terrorists on 9/11.
Speaking at the New York State Republican Party dinner at the Grand Hyatt, Riches excoriated Omar and other Democrats for their handling of the controversy.
“My son Jimmy was murdered by Islamic terrorists. Three thousand people were murdered that day. And Rep. Ilhan Omar said some people did something. That’s ridiculous. It’s outrageous. It’s a disgrace. She’s in the Congress of the United States,” Riches said. “My son and those 3000 people died a terrible death.”
During an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Omar claimed Muslims have been treated as “second-class citizens.”
“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.
She continued: “So you can’t just say that today someone is looking at me strange and that I am trying to make myself look pleasant. You have to say that this person is looking at me strange, I am not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why. Because that is the right you have.”
President Donald Trump was quick to condemn Omar. He ignited outrage on the left when he tweeted a video of the 9/11 terrorists attacks edited together with Omar’s remarks.
“WE WILL NEVER FORGET,” he wrote.
Riches defended the president from his Democrat critics.
“To see Donald Trump get a video in with the planes crash into the building. He said, ‘Never forget 9/11.’ So many people were outraged on the Democratic side … He told like it was. That’s what happened that day,” Riches added.
He continued: “Donald Trump is 100 percent right. They can’t deal with reality. [Sen. Chuck] Schumer, Nadler — all the New York politicians were quiet. They didn’t say one thing to [Rep. Rashida] Tlaib and them. They called us racists. I’m not a racist. My son got murdered. I did nothing wrong. I’m not a racist. Don’t call me a racist, because I criticized you, but she owes us an apology, and we’re gonna get it.”
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