It’s hard to watch Trump’s supporters express their grief over the 2,977 Americans who died on September 11, 2001 after months of them saying that the coronavirus is no big deal because it has a 99.9% survival rate (for context, .01 percent of all Americans catching COVID-19 would mean 3,820,000 dead). Even more, it’s hard to watch the supporters of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol profess their angst over 9/11, since both were terrorist attacks on the U.S. government.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) tweeted a quote from President George W. Bush from the speech he gave during the ceremony honoring those who died during the attack on 9/11. The former president reminded the country that terrorism is dangerous and deplorable no matter if the terrorists are brown people from the Middle East or white people from the United States.
‘There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for 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.’
Kinzinger, one of only two Republicans on the committee to investigate the insurrection on January 6 when ex-President Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol Building carrying flag poles, bear spray, zip ties, pepper spray, and erected a gallows pole, has been vocal in his refusal to put politics ahead of doing his job. While Democrats may not agree with either Kinzinger or Bush on their politics or ideology, both are correct about the threat of 1/6 and how dangerous terrorist extremism is to the lives of every American.
Twitter was in full support of Kinzinger’s reminder. Read some of their comments below: