US President Donald Trump has “no moral authority” to comment about the September 11 terrorist attacks, says House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler.
The New York Democrat made the statement on CNN Sunday, days after Trump targeted Muslim lawmaker Ilhan Omar for her fight against discrimination of Muslim Americans after 9/11.
Nadler referenced how Trump accepted post-9/11 funding for a building that had not been damaged during the 2001 attack.
“He stole $150,000 from some small businessperson who could have used it to help rehabilitate himself. And that's why we appropriated it, why I got Congress to appropriate that money,” Nadler said. “To use it for his own small business of 40 Wall Street, he has no moral authority to be talking about 9/11 at all.”
Trump responded to Omar’s efforts last week by tweeting a graphic video of the Twin Towers collapsing along with Omar’s comments.
“She characterized it only in passing,” Nadler said. “She was talking about discrimination against Muslim Americans. And she just said that, after that happened, it was used as an excuse for lots of discrimination and for withdrawal of civil liberties.”
The September 11 attacks were a series of strikes in the US which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars worth of property and infrastructure damage.
“9/11 occurred in my district. I'm very familiar with it,” Nadler added. “I know a lot — I know people, a lot of people, who suffered from it.”