Like many of us, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer remains angry with Rep. Ilhan Omar for comments she made on Face the Nation, in response to criticism from the son of a 9/11 victim.
Still less than a week from reliving the horror of another 9/11 anniversary, Fleischer laid into Omar on the 9/16 broadcast of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom. “This is all in the context of her statement that ‘some people did something,’ which is how she described the attacks on our country on Sept. 11,” Fleischer said. “She was asked on Face the Nation about people finding that offensive. She didn’t take back her words. She didn’t say she was sorry, she said ‘some people did something.’ She made Sept. 11 all about what she was feeling,” he said.
He then added later in the broadcast, “I find her lack of explanation for her statement about ‘some people did something’ to be terribly troubling still. She doesn’t get how offensive what she said was. What happened was we were attacked by radical Islamic terrorists, and her failure to say that is the beginning of her problem. That’s the original sin here that she still won’t atone for,” Fleischer continued.
He then called Omar “too much of a radical” at heart.
The incident that Fleischer was referring to, had to do with Nicholas Haros Jr. a man whose mother was killed on 9/11. He criticized the Minnesota Democrat on the 18th anniversary of the attacks by wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words, “Some people did something,” while making a speech at Ground Zero. The shirt was an obvious “middle finger” to Omar’s description of 9/11 that many considered flippant.
Responding to Haros during a Sunday morning appearance on Face the Nation, Omar said, “Many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them, and so what I was speaking to was the fact that as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me as a suspect.”