Army Vet Says Omar’s ‘Disrespectful’ 9/11 Remark Is What Pushed Him to Run Against Her in 2020

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.”


  1. >Cherl<

    Just received a lengthy written report from Judicial Watch on 8/3/19 in which they had investigated and found 38 States with Counties exceeding 100% voter registrations. Kentucky leads the list with 51 Counties having more registered voters than residents eligible to vote. And then the Left has the audacity (stupidity) to say "there's no voter fraud."

  2. >Cherl<

    Now, why would anyone worry about something being "illegal"? The Left does it all the time as part of their normal life. It's only "illegal" if a Republican does it.

    For example: In February 2017, "TRUNEWS" reported that 57,923 Virginians were registered to vote in AT LEAST one other State. I have not had that "privilege";but know it is extremely easy to do; particularly by Northern retirees – "snowbirds" – who travel in their RV's to a warmer climate for the Winter months
    [When I moved from New Mexico where I was registered to vote, back to Florida where I am now registered to vote, I could have very easily kept my NM voter ID and the FL ID. No one asked if or where I was registered. But, being the honest person I am, I voluntarily returned my NM voter ID.]

  3. I keep wondering how incredibly nice her refugee camp must have been that she can come here and make remarks against America and Americans
    We need Americans in Congress , not someone that has the “ahem” correct body parts and color
    And yes I am a women of color but first I am an American

  4. I would gladly vote for Chris Kelley. But as we know voting out of your district is not legal, right Democrats. It still has me scratching my head as to how she won in the first place. What a mean spirited woman with a questionable past she is.

    1. She probably won because in Minnesota, Muslims out weigh the overall population!! Today there are approximately 150,000 Muslims living in Minnesota, many in the Twin Cities metro area. The Minnesota Muslim community is especially diverse. In fact, only 4% of Minnesota Muslims are Arab. About 38% are immigrants, 17% multigenerational, and 45% first-generation Americans.

  5. Win, win, win, Kelley!!
    I won’t hesitate, although the better part of my soul says don’t do it, to tell ‘raghead’ Omar to go back to Somalia where her family fled from, and let her
    live under Sharia Law. Hey, Omar, be sure to wear a helmet because once you’re buried up to your neck in the sand, some of your kin may be pretty accurate stone throwers.

  6. Good Luck Sir ,,, hope you win. Omar has proven she is lower than trash and MUST be removed from OUR Congress.

  7. Let’s send this incompetent goat herder back to the hills of Mogadishu to entertain Somali pirates on their day off

  8. Go to the his website and donate. Pennies, nickels dollars whatever is given it all adds up.

  9. Thank you for your service TO America, Mr. Kelley. If I were living in your area, I’d be voting for you to help unseat the anti-Semite, anti-American foreigner.

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