A top Senate Democrat and a media anchor commemorated the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Sunday by trying to compare them to the Jan. 6 riots at the United States Capitol in 2021.
That’s right. Despite 9/11 being a direct attack on the U.S., carried out by radical Islamic terrorists, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) tried to equate the two events.
Speaking on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Warner directly compared Jan. 6, which he called an “insurgency,” and 9/11.
“The stunning thing to me is, here we are 20 years later, and the attack on the symbol of our democracy was not coming from terrorists, but it came from literally insurgents attacking the Capitol on January 6,” Warner said.
He later added, “I do worry about some of the activity in this country, where the election deniers, the insurgency that took place on January 6, that is something I hope we could see that same kind of unity of spirit.”
Warner’s comments are particularly noteworthy because he is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Sen. Warner on CBS’s Face the Nation 9.11.22
NBC anchor Chuck Todd also drew a comparison between the two events.
“Today is Sept. 11. It was 21 years ago that we were attacked by foreign terrorists. Not quite 20 years after 9/11, the Capitol came under attack from domestic terrorists,” Todd said on “Meet the Press.”
Sept. 11 — Vice President Kamala Harris
Later in the day, Hillary Clinton invoked “extremism” — no doubt a reference to “MAGA Republicans,” whom many Democrats believe are a threat to American democracy — while commemorating 9/11.
“[W]e have also, I think, been reminded about how important it is to try to deal with extremism of any kind, especially when it uses violence to try to achieve political and ideological goals,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“So, I’m one who thinks that there are lessons still to be learned from what happened to us on 9/11, that we should be very aware of during this time in our country and the world’s history,” she added.
Earlier this year, Vice President Kamala Harris made a direct comparison between 9/11, Jan. 6, and even the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
“Certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them — where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault,” Harris said on the first anniversary of Jan. 6 this year.
“Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory: December 7th, 1941. September 11th, 2001, and January 6th, 2021,” she added.