Nicholas Haros Jr. of New Jersey wore a shirt that referenced Omar’s March remarks before the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in which she said, “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.” After reading some victims’ names Wednesday at the event commemorating the 18th anniversary of the attacks, Haros Jr. said, “Some people did something,” while pointing to his shirt, on which those words were printed. The moment came as he spoke of his late mother, 76-year-old Francis Haros, as well as friends and co-workers who died in the World Trade Center attacks.
” ‘Some people did something,’ said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota. To support and justify the creation of CAIR. Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom,” he said as some audience members applauded. “Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done. There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?”
“On that day, 19 Islamic terrorists, members of Al Qaeda killed over 3,000 people and caused billions in dollars of economic damage. Is that clear? But as to whom? I was attacked, your relatives and friends were attacked. Our constitutional freedoms were attacked. And our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked. That’s what some people did. Got that now?” he continued. “We are here today, congresswoman, to tell you and The Squad just who did what to whom. Show respect in honoring them, please. American patriotism — in your position demand it.”
Haros Jr. told CNN on Wednesday that Omar’s previous remarks “hurt me personally, my family, and other victims of 9/11 families,” also saying, “I felt as a son of a victim to step up and set the record straight.”
He said it was the right time to speak out and argued that his comments were not political.
“I was not speaking to a woman, a woman of color, or a Democrat. (They) were remarks for a congresswoman who I feel should have sympathy for fellow Americans,” he said.
In reference to those tweets, Haros Jr. told CNN that Omar “showed respect for the loss of families. And that was a good thing.”