Rep. Ilhan Omar's 'some people did something' comment on 9/11, in context | The Fact Checker

A week after shootings at two New Zealand mosques left 50 people dead, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) addressed the crowd at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) banquet in California. “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 in her speech. Her remarks have become controversial, after a tweet by Mohammad Tawhidi focusing on her description of the attackers as “some people” was retweeted by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.). His statement was amplified by tens of thousands of retweets, and suggestive media coverage. But not everyone has always referred to 9/11 attackers as “terrorists.” The Fact Checker puts Rep. Omar’s comments in context. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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39 thoughts on “Rep. Ilhan Omar's 'some people did something' comment on 9/11, in context | The Fact Checker

  1. Ghulam Mustafa April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    For all you saying ilhan married her brother to get into the u.s are wrong. If the man you claim she married was really her brother then he did not have to take a drastic step of marrying her to get her a citizenship. A u.s citizen can apply for their SISTER or brother to come to the u.s .So she was already eligible why would she marry him. Really educate before making offensive assumptions!

  2. James Red a April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    This video is as disgusting as Rep. Omar's comments.

  3. Frank Roth April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm


  4. Mr. Moto April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Crosshairs on her forehead. Oh, hi Nancy!

  5. Hadi Purwanto April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    The bad response from this video shows why Omar choose that words.

    For all this time you guys using 9/11 as a symbol of fear and everything related to it become demonize from muslims to immigrants.

    Do you think people start hating christians or white people from new Zealand shooting? Or Norwegia shooting?

    She wanted to highlight different treatment you guys did and stop looking 9/11 as of it is the demon.

    Beside, do you think a commercial plane can fly to Pentagon without notice and no one fired because of it?

  6. Don Quixote April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Shame on you Washington Post. Cair, Hezbollah, and Hamas are evil groups. Look no further than their leaders quotes. "Its the way your giving knowledge, while controlling subtle hints" -Atmosphere

  7. Thanos Geros April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    "It isn't for us to judge what Omar meant exactly in her speech"… Really? A member of the House who talks about one of the worst attacks on American soil isn't to be scrutinized for what she says in public? I suppose your "fact checking" will have the same approach towards the President and other elected officials in the Houe and Senate. It is good to know that you won't "dig deep" to find out exactly just what others really mean but rather spend time "fact checking" responses. As for Omar herself, a little more homework and humility. CAIR was formed before 9/11. Bush, standing on rubble in downtown New York, threatened the terrorists and not Muslims at large (on the contrary, he repeatedly pleaded that Muslims should not be targeted.) And lastly, to what extent were the 4.5+ Muslims all victims of hate-crimes after 9/11? Did hate crimes occur….yes….. was it on such a large scale that "ALL MUSLIMS" should be sick and tired of it of seeing their civil rights retracted? No! So rather than beating the relentless victimhood drumbeat, and handpicking when and where to draw the lines of identity politics, remember who you are: A refugee who migrated to the United States, from a war-torn nation in which as history would have it, Muslims fought each other and tore the country apart. A nation that took your family in, and overcoming the trials and tribulations that all immigrants have had to endure throughout the country's history, you were able to get a college education and get elected into the House. Humility…..Ms. Omar…..humility.

  8. Noneya Bizz April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    CAIR was founded in 1994

  9. Noneya Bizz April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm


  10. Al Johnson April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you, Bill Clinton for bringing hundreds of thousands of this human filth to the Country that took them with open arms and the Country that they hate.
    Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.

  11. Kirubel Ayni April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Well she and AOC never cared for what this Numskulls at fox and their supporters say so why would we care ? We ( cuz we're not assholes) clearly got what she meant, same happened to Ms Owens and that's wrong. We don't have time for Hate.. sry what ever they say Muslims are targeted in this country as "Terrorist". And thts BS. Keep doin what u do girl. 👏🏿👏🏿

  12. STRECHINPICK April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    How is this fact checking? This is apologetic propagandizing a politician’s awful remark.

  13. Herp Derp April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    So the quote was exactly in context as presented, I guess 'someperson did something' in the NZ mosque.

  14. Uncle Roy April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Walks like duck. Quaks like a duck I thinks its a duck

  15. Garna April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Oh come on! You can show every word of her speech and the fact still remains that she called Sept. 11th the day "Some people did something." She's contemptuous. I will never forgive her for referring to the worst day in American history as "Something."

  16. David Goldin April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Even in context her comment is reprehensible. How about Pearl Harbor: some people flew over.

  17. C April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    WP is disgusting with its bias…Still waiting for you to step up and right the wrongs you have reported yourselves.

  18. xZANZIBARZx April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    new Zealand: "some person did something"

  19. Misaka Mikoto April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Another Fake News reporter trying to defend Illihan Omar through framing and downplaying her statement while trying to pose as speaking objectively.

  20. Amit Sett April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Nothing controversial about her remarks.
    Too many people jumping to conclusions about what she meant.

  21. Pelt Down Posse April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    She's a dangerous person! Who the hell elected her? The Russians?

  22. MrBAchompBAchomp April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    The full clip doesn't make it sound any better

  23. sean w April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Get out disgrace

  24. Siladitya Sinha April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    The media defends things like these & then complain that people don't trust them. Disgusting….!!!!

  25. Mike NEGAN April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I honestly think she only meant that she or other Muslims shouldn't be judged by what some one else did. Which is responsible.

  26. Kendal Stockdale April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I love how this video got more dislikes than likes! Haha! People are catching on to your 💩 you unpatriotic POS! 🤣🤣🤣

  27. Wanda Alexander April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    "TAQIYYA"=LYING TO PROTECT/ADVANCE ISLAM….SHE JUST COMMITTED TAQIYYA ON NATIONAL TV: CAIR WAS FOUNDED AFTER 9-11 ……………… LIE!!! CAIR FOUNDED IN JUNE 1994, TOO BAD MAINSTREAM MEDIA DOESN'T KNOW THAT. She puts Islamic SHARIA LAW above the US Constitution…her family didn't come here, they were BROUGHT her as refugees from Somalia.We should deport them all. WHY? BECAUSE THEY DON'T LIKE US!!!

  28. Bob Martin April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Can anyone explain to me how this terrorist sympathizer and supporter is upholding and supporting the laws of America and the American Constitution and Bill of Rights?

  29. Rena Denison April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Fff Omar! I love Trump, just like I loved Obama, Bush 1y2, Bill rapey Clinton, because they were American! good, bad and both. Omar y cortez? No no no

  30. PAMELA DEARDORFF April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    She clearly has the me me me syndrome. How dare she down play what happened that day. Way to many Americans lost their lives that day. All of the proud men and women who served our country in the military and lost their lives fighting terrorism. Shame on you Ilhan Omar. How disrespectful.

  31. Frank Roth April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm


  32. joseph mshelia April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Why is WP combining all these clips to defend a politician? How about being non partisan?

  33. tryceo April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    It was not some people. It was Islamic terrorists.

  34. CarriUSA April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Omar, like Cortez, changing history and the facts for her insane agenda for her means. Why didn’t someone stop her and say it was founded in 1994. Extremely minimalizing 9/11 ,by radical Islamist (and their still out there) , is beyond shameful and so disrespecting. I’ll bet you she’s never watched any of the tapes of people jumping out of windows, the falling of the towers, the days after of people searching for loved ones, the complete horror. Or maybe she was one of those celebrating and dancing in the streets of the attach… I will bet she was. Her pure hate for America and Americans is so evident.

  35. Penny Klie April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    This 'full clip' did nothing to justify her comments. Why does this woman never take responsibility for her words and apologize?

  36. rick April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Maybe she meant the 9-11 something that was actually from hours before then . Like the missing trillions from the Pentagon . Funny how you never seem to hear about that 9-11 . Our entire gov't ( yes trump too ) stinks worse than all the dead in hell . we are still being played for fools . It has been said satan's greatest trick was convincing the world he didn't exist . Which doesn't even come close to the deceit of the U.S. Government .

  37. Peter Liemberg April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    CAIR was founded in June 1994. Last time I looked that date precedes September 9 2001 MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS. "Just checking the facts dear" 😉

  38. HiByebtwn April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    She should have said the attacks on 9/11 do not represent Islam. She might be tone deaf on people’s perception of Islam. Some people are afraid of Muslims because of the numerous Islamic terrorist attacks or human rights violations in Islamic countries. I wish she would be a bridge, she says she wants to make “good trouble” and I don’t think that is the way to go.
    Ilhan also questions people’s loyalties (dual loyalty).

  39. Far Que April 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Hey Omar, you won't like the answer I give you when you approach me to ask why I am looking at youtr ragginess they way I am and you are NOT American; YOU ARE A RAG TERRORIST TALKING LIKE A TERRORIST, SAYING TERRORIST THINGS!!!!!!!

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