Campaign finance records show that McCready refunded Omar’s $2,000 contribution on March 30. Omar donated the money on Nov. 6.
A representative said McCready gave back the money because he believes there is no place for divisiveness in politics, and he did not feel it is was fitting to accept the donation.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 18, 2019
Democrat Reps. @LaurenUnderwood, @RepHaleyStevens, and @RepJahanaHayes, have all accepted campaign donations from Ilhan Omar who is an anti-Semite and who trivialized the 9/11 terror attacks https://t.co/HzTSrjt5Px
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 17, 2019
McCready is not the only Democrat who rejected Omar’s donation, Rep. (Lucy McBath, D-Ga.) also rejected Omar’s $2,000 donation that was made on March 27, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) April 18, 2019
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) April 18, 2019
McCready wrote on Twitter on April 17 that he asked for the refund weeks ago and that he disagrees with any anti-Semitic remarks.
Some folks are asking why I directed the return of Rep. Omar’s donation. I did this weeks ago because I vigorously disagree with any anti-semitic comments. Since this time, dangerous and hateful attacks have started against her… (thread)
— Dan McCready for NC (@McCreadyForNC) April 18, 2019
He then said, “I condemn, in the strongest terms, the hateful rhetoric against her, the Muslim community, and people of color. Too many have been hurt by our broken politics. We must end hate speech against all people and groups.”
President Donald Trump responded to Omar’s description of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, in a Tweet on April 12.
In his post, Trump wrote, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” accompanied by a video compilation of footage from the terrorist attacks. The video ends with the text, “September 11, 2001, We Remember.”
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
The president’s post was in response to Omar’s description of the attacks, who called it “some people did something.” Her comments were made as part of a speech last month at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser, during which she said the radical Muslim group was founded after the terror attacks.
“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” Omar said.
Ilhan Omar mentions 9/11 and does not consider it a terrorist attack on the USA by terrorists, instead she refers to it as “Some people did something”, then she goes on to justify the establishment of a terrorist organization (CAIR) on US soil. pic.twitter.com/ixP3BJfqxS
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) April 9, 2019
CAIR describes itself as a “nonprofit, grassroots membership organization … established to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America,” but allegedly has ties to several extremist Islamic groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2007, CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in funding the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, as revealed in the case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. The United Arab Emirates designated CAIR a terrorist organization in 2014.