Former President George W. Bush used his speech on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11 to denounce “violent extremists at home”.
During a visit to Shanksville, Pa. On Saturday, Bush, who was president at the time of the deadly terror attacks, compared the foreign terrorists behind 9/11 to alleged domestic extremists in the United States today.
“We have seen more and more evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only from the borders, but also from the violence which is gathering inside” said the former president.
The Republican admitted that there is “Little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home”, but claimed that they are “Children of the same foul spirit” and appeared to be referring to the Jan.6 Capitol rioters when he said that a “Cultural overlap” is of interest to “Defile national symbols”.
NOW – George W. Bush compares “domestic extremists” to Islamist terrorists in his speech on 9/11: “They are like-minded filthy children, and it is our continued duty to confront them …”pic.twitter.com/zOP9CzQmmh
– Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) September 11, 2021
Bush urged people to “to face” these threats and referred to the cultural gaps and partisanship that have developed in the country since he left office.
“When it comes to the unity of America, those days seem distant from ours,” he said. “Malicious force seems to be at work in our common life… much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment. “
Although Bush enjoyed low approval ratings for much of his presidency and was surrounded by controversy over much-criticized decisions like the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he has grown in popularity among liberals ever since. that he left office, mainly because of his public criticism of the former president. Donald Trump.
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His latest speech earned him more points from that crowd, as many took to social media to celebrate the controversial leader’s recognition of an alleged threat from domestic terrorism.
“Almost in tears, George W. Bush berates those Americans who have turned their backs on ‘the America I know’. Important speech ”, author and journalist Michael Beschloss tweeted.
Former President Bush in Shanksville compares the January 6 insurgents to the September 11 hijackers: “Determined to defile our national symbols, they are the offspring of the same filthy spirit and it is our duty to confront them. Wow
– Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) September 11, 2021
The last time I agreed with Bush was when he commented on Trump’s nomination to Michelle. The time before was, I’m pretty sure, never. the 9/11 terrorists only in their choice of hats.
– Jay Black (@jayblackisfunny) September 11, 2021
More conservative critics have accused Bush of trying to embrace Democratic Party policies to save face, something he has previously been accused of when he publicly criticized Trump, as well as Republican leaders who questioned the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“Shame on him,” curator expert Julie Kelly tweeted.
Swamp creatures like Bush hate Americans who oppose them more than they hate people who kill Americans. https://t.co/9lwiAgvl03
– Nick Searcy, INSURRECTIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) September 11, 2021
Conservatives also called on the president to selectively focus on rioters on Capitol Hill, without recognizing the violent protesters in the summer of 2020.
Bush attended a memorial service on Saturday at the Shanksville site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field after passengers managed to pass terrorists who hijacked the plane.
The terrorist attacks of September 11 claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people.
Bush launched the war in Afghanistan in response to the attacks and he criticized the recent withdrawal, although Presidents Joe Biden and Trump have said the military conflict must end.
In an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle in July, Bush said he believed the withdrawal was wrong and could lead to “incredibly bad” consequences.
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