Former President Donald Trump did not take kindly to a recent condemnation from former President George W. Bush of domestic terrorists like those who stormed the Capitol in January. Bush made those remarks at a memorial ceremony honoring victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, saying in part that Americans “have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within.” Notably, although the implication of his remarks was obvious, Bush never specifically mentioned Trump or his supporters by name — but tellingly, Trump nevertheless appears to have taken Bush’s remarks as essentially a personal attack.
Trump ranted, in part, that it’s so “interesting to watch former President Bush, who is responsible for getting us into the quicksand of the Middle East (and then not winning!), as he lectures us that terrorists on the “right” are a bigger problem than those from foreign countries that hate America.” Bush did not say that right-wing terrorists are a “bigger problem” than terrorism based outside of the country. Rather, he simply compared the two, telling the crowd at the United Flight 93 National Memorial that domestic extremists and foreign operatives “are children of the same foul spirit,” adding that it’s Americans’ “duty to confront them.”
Referring to Bush’s supposed claim that right-wing extremists pose a bigger threat than foreign terrorists, Trump added as follows:
‘If that is so, why was he willing to spend trillions of dollars and be responsible for the death of perhaps millions of people? He shouldn’t be lecturing us about anything. The World Trade Center came down during his watch. Bush led a failed and uninspiring presidency. He shouldn’t be lecturing anybody!’
Again, Bush did not say that right-wing terrorists were a more substantive threat to the United States than terrorists abroad. He simply didn’t say it. Also, it’s notable that in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, an overwhelming majority of the American public said that they approved of Bush’s job performance, so apparently he was “inspiring” somebody! Check out Trump’s remarks below:
"So interesting to watch former President Bush, who is responsible for getting us into the quicksand of the Middle East (and then not winning!), as he lectures us that terrorists on the “right” are a bigger problem than those from foreign countries that hate America… pic.twitter.com/t6vMeZMXSK
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) September 13, 2021