Nicholas Haros Jr.'s mother, Frances, was one of the 2,977 innocent victims murdered by Islamic terrorists in the Sept. 11 terror attacks — and he has no space for politicians who use the tragedy for political theater.
During a memorial service at ground zero on Tuesday — the 17th anniversary of his mother's death — Haros blasted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) for using his mother's tragic death to further their political agenda.
What did he say?
Haros was one of several people who read the names of New York victims during Tuesday's memorial service. After reading his mother's name, Haros explained his grievance.
"This year, a representative of the House referred to our loss as 'just another incident.' This year, a network commentator said the president's performance in Helsinki was as 'traitorous act' as was 9/11. And last week, a senator attacked a Supreme Court nominee and called him a racist for alleged comments after 9/11," Haros explained.
"Stop. Stop. Please, stop using the bones and ashes of our loved ones as props in your political theater," he declared. "Their lives, sacrifices, and death are worth so much more. Lets not trivialize them or us — it hurts. To my mom and to all of you and your loved ones, never forget."
Haros' request was met with resounding applause.
What incidents were Haros referring to?
During her weekly news conference on July 26, Pelosi described 9/11 as an "incident." She was pushing back against President Donald Trump, who alleged that Democrats have been weak on border security. Pelosi claimed that it is actually Republicans who have a history of being weak on border security because they did not implement some security changes the 9/11 Commission recommended.
We have a responsibility to protect our borders. All of our borders. Let’s make no mistake about that. Democrats have been strong on that point. All of our borders.
In fact, I said to some of you before, when we had the 9/11 incident and the commission was formed — and they made their recommendations — they made recommendations to protect America, but the Republicans would never take them up. And some of it was about our borders. The Republicans would never take them up.
Meanwhile, it was Booker who implied last week that SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh approves of racial discrimination, telling the judge that he fears Kavanaugh will not advance racial reconciliation from the bench of the Supreme Court.
We have a long way to go. We have work to do, black folks and white folks honoring the history of a united America fighting to make us more just. The Supreme Court has a vital role in that.
Nothing you say gives me comfort, should you get on the Supreme Court, that you will drive forward and see we have that work to do.
During the same dressing down, Booker alleged he bravely released confidential confirmation documents to prove Kavanaugh's questionable past on race. It was later revealed those documents had already been approved for public release. Ironically, the documents showed Kavanaugh historically renders color-free judgment.