Name-Readers At 9/11 Ceremony Criticize Rep. Omar, Push For Gun Control

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 11, 2019 - 5:22 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Two mourners broke away from reading the names of the 9/11 terror attack victims at the annual memorial ceremony Wednesday, briefly turning the solemn moment into a dramatic political stage.

The most notable moment came when Nicholas Haros Jr., of New Jersey – who lost his mother in the World Trade Center attack – took the stage wearing a shirt that read, “Some people did something.”

The phrase was a reference to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments about the attacks, which conservatives have said trivialize the tragedy.

“Today I am here to respond to you, exactly who did what to whom,” Haros said, directed at the freshman congresswoman. “We know who and what was done, there’s no uncertainty about that.”

Haros also took aim at three other Democratic representatives –Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – who are collectively known as “The Squad.”

“Our constitutional freedoms were attacked and our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked,” Haros said. “That’s what some people did — got that now? We are here today, Congresswoman, to tell you and ‘the squad’ just who did what to whom.”

However, earlier in the ceremony, Debra Epps, the sister of victim Christopher Samuel Epps, used her time to advocate for legislative action to curb gun violence.

“In 18 years, you would think we would have made changes to bring us to more peace. However gun violence is on the rampant,” she said shortly after taking the stage. “I hope today that legislation continues to move forward in banning guns, so that we can live in a world at peace and the home of the brave.”