Remembering 9/11: Mourns Get Political

A few of the mourners remembering the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks got political Wednesday in New York, with one attacking Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and another taking aim at gun violence.

New Jersey resident Nicholas Haros Jr., whose mother Francis Haros was killed in the World Trade Center, wore a T-shirt that said, “Some people did something,” a reference to an off-handed remarks Omar said about 9/11.

Haros said in his speech, “Today I am here to respond to you, exactly who did what to whom. We knew who and what was done, there’s no uncertainty about that.”

Earlier in the day, Omar tweeted out a message remembering the victims, first responders and their families.

Also at Wednesday’s ceremony, Debra Epps, the sister of victim Christopher Samuel Epps, said, “You’d think in 18 years, you would think we would have made changes to bring us to more peace. However gun violence is on the rampant. And I hope today that legislation continues to move forward in banning guns…so that we can live in a world at peace and home of the brave.” (CNBC)

Hot Takes:

  • Omar’s words were ill-advised, but she seemed to clarify her thoughts in Wednesday morning’s tweet.
  • Last year Haros Jr. told Democratic lawmakers to “stop using the bones and ashes of our loved ones as props in your political theater.”
  • Wonder what he thought of Donald Trump‘s ill-fated plan to bring the Taliban to Camp David for peace talks?
  • If you have a platform, you might as well use it to get a point across.