On Wednesday at the annual 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in New York City, Nicholas Haros Jr., who lost his mother in the 9/11 attacks, bluntly addressed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who had cavalierly dismissed the attacks by saying, "Some people did something." Haros stated, "Good morning, brothers and sisters in good faith — listen, some people did something … Some people did something, said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota, to support and justify the creation of [the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)] — today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom. Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done. There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?"
On Tuesday night, Haros Jr. joined Sean Hannity on Fox News to discuss his comments earlier in the day, asserting that had received hate mail and intimating that people had called him a racist. He fired back, "If she were a Martian and were green it would not make a difference. That she is a woman doesn’t make a difference. That she is a Muslim doesn’t make a difference. These are Wikipedia facts that have to be said and she needed to respond."
Hannity began, "First of all, you showed it’s more than ‘some people did something.’ Why did you feel compelled to do that?"
Haros Jr. responded, "Like all victims, family members of victims, we all hurt. And as we know, to some extent, 9/11, we say 'never forget,' but it’s dwindling down a bit."
Hannity interjected, "Not for you."
Haros Jr. continued: "I don’t remember where I was when I first heard that quote ‘some people did something,’ but it tore my heart apart and it tore my mom’s heart apart with the thought that such a great loss to individuals could be so insensitively expressed. That hurt. I am a victim’s son, and I decided to take 9/11 as my one day, of perhaps, credible standing to make that statement, which many people have told me, it represented their views."
Hannity stated, "Nicholas, may I add one thing? You have credible standing on this issue. You lost your mother. She died that day; you saw it happen before your eyes. A lot of this makes me angry because this should transcend politics. Part of my show is political, obviously. What do you say to Congresswoman Omar on a human level, because she seems to not like Israel an awful lot, 'it’s all about the benjamins,' Israel’s evil, makes a lot of concentration-type analogies, what do you want to say to her tonight?"
Haros Jr. answered, "Perhaps I can, maybe, suggest this, Sean, I don’t know how you handle all the hate mail that you get, but I just had a little taste of it today."
Hannity: "Welcome to the club."
Haros Jr. "It’s not very nice, and maybe the worst thing that was said about me today was that I was a cranky old man with a bad haircut. But seriously, charges of racism? The fact that these people are women of color has nothing to do with it. If she were a Martian and were green it would not make a difference. That she is a woman doesn’t make a difference. That she is a Muslim doesn’t make a difference. These are Wikipedia facts that have to be said and she needed to respond."