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    The Muslim lawmaker sparked a nationwide scandal by describing the 9/11 terror attack as “some people did something".

    US President Donald Trump Friday joined the widespread criticism of Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar over her "some people did something remark".

    The president posted a tweet reading "We will never forget!" (in all caps), accompanied by a video montage of Omar's remark, intertwined with footage of al-Qaeda-hijacked planes ramming into the World Trade Centre's twin skyscrapers.

    ​The footage has somewhat fell out of use in the US, Huffington Post report notes, pointing to a study that says watching it can cause elevated stress levels even in people who were nowhere near Ground Zero.

    Two clips of Representative Omar giving her private speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) were leaked in March and April, sparking a massive wave of criticism in the US.

    "CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognised that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties", Omar can be heard saying in one video, despite the fact that CAIR was founded in 1994.

    In the other excerpt, she can be heard calling on US Muslims to "raise hell" and "make people uncomfortable" over what she perceives as second-class treatment of the Muslim population in America.

    Somalia-born Ilhan Omar is one of two Muslim lawmakers in the US Congress. Earlier this year, she gained notoriety after she repeatedly suggested Jewish organisations bribed US lawmakers for their support of Israel — a notion that was widely perceived as anti-Semitic.


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