Dem Chairman Defends Ilhan Omar's Speech At CAIR: "I Saw Nothing Wrong With It"

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Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that he "saw nothing wrong" with Rep. Ilhan Omar's controversial comment about 9/11. Speaking to the Council on American Islamic Relations in March, Omar referred to the terror attack as an incident where "some people did something." President Trump tweeted a video condemning Omar's comments on Friday:




"I saw the speech she gave and I saw nothing wrong with it," Thompson said. "I saw the president’s manufactured tweet where he put pieces in there."





REP. BENNIE THOMPSON: Well I saw the speech she gave and I saw nothing wrong with it. I saw the president’s manufactured tweet where he put pieces in there.

But George, we are a nation of laws, a democracy, free speech is here, and again I saw nothing wrong with the congresswoman’s speech.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You say you saw nothing wrong with it but she did characterize, you know, the most deadly attack ever on American soil – terrorist attack ever on American soil, a cold blooded mass murder as some people did something.

That does seem to downplay the importance or what happened on 9/11, doesn’t it?

THOMPSON: Oh, there’s no question about it, we had over 3,000 people who got killed at that event. So there’s nothing to downplay on it. But again, she spoke to it, I think the president is just seizing that moment, manufacturing what he said and then moving forward with a traditional speech.

So I think there are other issues we have to deal with in this country.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So just to be clear on that though, you agree that characterizing it as some people did something is not the proper way to characterize 9/11.

THOMPSON: Well no question about it, but again, if I look at what the president says on a daily basis, we could criticize him almost by the hour. So for him to take the congresswoman on is just another one of his what I think real simplistic attacks.

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