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The clip was initially shared by a well known imam on Twitter who is opposed to CAIR. After Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted the fragmented portion of Omar’s sentence — “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something” — the hysteria snowballed. Breitbart, The Washington Times and Christian Broadcasting Network all covered the quote, which the right concluded en masse meant a sitting Muslim lawmaker was trying to diminish the 9/11 terrorist attack.
In reality, the congresswoman was trying to distinguish terrorists from all Muslims. The comment was made as part of a larger portion of the speech that focused on encouraging fellow Muslims to embrace their rights and not allow themselves to be bullied by bigots who view them as terrorists.
Even in context of the portion of the speech specifically relevant to the quote in question, it’s clear the mania is further perpetuating the congresswoman’s point.