Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) controversial comments downplaying the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, is what tipped U.S. Army veteran Chris Kelley over the edge, as he’s now hoping to take her seat in Congress in the 2020 House of Representatives elections.
Omar sparked outrage when a video went viral of her speech at a Council on American-Islamic Relations event in March where she explained that the group was founded “because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Kelley — a police officer, who is running as an independent — told “Fox & Friends” on Friday that he was “inspired” to run for Congress after Omar’s 9/11 comment.
“Look, three-thousand Americans died and many more first responders died [after] responding to this. It was very dismissive and disrespectful. I figured you can complain or you can try and do something. So here’s an opportunity to jump in the race and try to make a difference.”
While Kelley noted that Minnesota is heavily-Democratic, he believes with the “lack of action” by Omar, there will be a lot of “disaffected” voters.
The veteran went on to blast Omar for traveling elsewhere to campaign and, as he says, the voters are taking note of it:
“She’s campaigning everywhere else, raising money in California, now she’s overseas but she’s not in the district and people are noticing. Many people have said to me, ‘what is she doing for us?'”
Watch Kelley’s interview below:
Kelley isn’t the only veteran who’s criticized Omar over her 9/11 comment, as Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) has also done so.
As IJR Red previously reported, Crenshaw repeatedly condemned Omar’s “unbelievable” remark, although he explained that “the broader point that she was making is perfectly fine” but “that doesn’t change the fact that you refer to 9/11 in a dismissive way, both in tone and in gesture, and in words, as some people did something.”
At the time, he called out congressional Democrats for their reluctance in condemning Omar’s comment. He said, “Unfortunately, we’re playing a team sport these days.”