The media and political figures expressed outrage as former President George W. Bush appeared to use his 9/11 speech to compare the Jan 6 Capitol protesters to the Islamic terrorist who killed nearly 3,000 Americans while wounding many more.
Bush recalled the September 11 attacks while warning of future terrorist threats to the United States while speaking at the 9\11 memorial service for Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within,” he said.
Implying that the American citizens who stormed Capitol Hill to protest the 2020 election, the former president said:
There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in it’s disdainful pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit, and it is our continuing duty to confront them.
Many took to Twitter to express outrage over the comparison.
“There is no comparison between 9/11/2001 & 1/6/2021,” tweeted ACT for America, a grassroots movement “dedicated to preserving America’s culture, sovereignty and security.”
“George W Bush is an imbecile,” the group added.
“The only place Bush should be on 9/11 is answering to the American people for all his lies,” Washington Congressional candidate and retired Army Special Forces chief warrant officer Joe Kent wrote.
“Instead he’s just showing us that the regime is not just one party, it’s the ruling class that despises us & is not done exploiting us,” he added.
“George Bush is a fraud!” declared conservative comedian Terrence K. Williams.
“This clown compared Jan 6th to 9/11,” he added. “What an insult. It’s not even close.”
“When Occupy Democrats is cheering George W Bush you might be confused if you haven’t been paying attention,” political correspondent Jack Posobiec wrote.
“Bush is publicly comparing 9/11 to Jan 6,” he wrote in another tweet. “They want Trump supporters treated like jihadists.”
“Are you paying attention yet?” he added.
“I have personally overlooked many things from former President George W. Bush but his comparison between Trump voters and the Jihadists from 9/11 is an absolute disgrace,” retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness wrote.
“F*cking unbelievable,” he continued, adding a “NeverForget” hashtag.
“The more I hear from George W Bush, the more I realize there was never really a choice in presidential elections in my lifetime until 2016,” Washington comic and columnist Tim Young wrote.
“After 20 years of a war on terror abroad, [George W. Bush] wants to now fight a new one against his fellow citizens,” journalist Greg Price wrote.
“I agree with President Bush, domestic terrorists like ANTIFA and BLM, are comparable to Islamic extremists,” former Nevada State GOP chairman Amy Tarkanian wrote.
“Swamp creatures like Bush hate Americans who oppose them more than they hate people who kill Americans,” conservative commentator and actor Nick Searcy wrote.
“You’d think he was talking about Antifa—but he’s talking about you,” national security analyst and Claremont Institute Senior Fellow David Reaboi wrote.
“I can’t think of anyone else who’s made such a disgusting disgrace of his legacy,” he added.
“George Bush is a monster,” wrote former CIA operations officer Bryan Dean Wright.
“I don’t know what this is even designed to mean other than to be incendiary on a dark anniversary,” Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former co-host of The View, wrote.
“First responders led & ran into danger and died,” she added. “Mayor Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, George Pataki, President Bush, Chuck Schumer…. there were many real leaders leading us.”
“Was George Bush referring to the domestic terrorism organized through Antifa and BLM riots all over our country?” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) asked.
“I certainly hope so,” she replied.
Bush’s remarks received praise from Democrats despite their longtime dislike for him, while Republicans criticized his remarks.
According to journalist Glenn Greenwald, “Liberals swooned emotionally” for the former president “because they crave his War on Terror, but just want it unleashed domestically at their political opponents.”
He also claimed that hearing Bush “link 9/11 with 1/6” was “ecstasy” for them.
President Joe Biden called Bush’s speech “really good,” adding that it was a “genuinely good speech about who we are.”
Former President Bill Clinton thanked Bush for his “powerful” speech.
“Thank you, my friend,” he said, “for your powerful and much-needed words on this difficult day.”
“George W. Bush is right,” the Democratic Coalition tweeted. “We must always remain vigilant against terrorist extremists both at home and abroad.”
“And we cannot rest until all of Trump’s traitorous, insurrectionist foot soldiers face justice,” the group added.
“Even George W. Bush now recognizes Trump, his supporters and those who directly participated in the 1/6 Coup attempt are terrorists – surely as the 9/11 ones were,” former ESPN and MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann, wrote.
“I’ll say it again: Trump damaged America in a way Bin Laden only dreamed of,” he added.