Former President George W. Bush has used his 20-year speech for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to call “violent extremists at home.”
During a visit to Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Bush, who was president at the time of the deadly terrorist attacks, compared the foreign terrorists behind 9/11 with the suspected domestic extremists in the United States today.
“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come, not only across borders, but from violence that gathers within,” said the former president.
The Republican admitted that there is “Small cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” but claimed that they are “Children of the same ugly spirit” and seemed to refer to the January 6 Citol riots when he said one “Cultural overlap” is an interest in “Polluted national symbols.”
NOW – George W. Bush compares “domestic extremists” to Islamist terrorists in his 9/11 speech: “They are children of the same ugly spirit, and it is our continued duty to confront them …”pic.twitter.com/zOP9CzQmmh
– Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) September 11, 2021
Bush urged people to “confront” these threats and affected the cultural gs and partisanship that has grown in the country since he left office.
“When it comes to the unity of America, those days seem distant from our own,” he said. “Malignant power seems to be working in our common life … so much of our politics has become a naked peal of anger, fear and rage.”
Although Bush faced low proval ratings throughout much of his presidency and was shrouded in controversy thanks to heavily criticized decisions such as the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he has grown in popularity among liberals since leaving office, largely thanks to his public criticism. by former President Donald Trump.
His latest speech gave him more points with this crowd as many took to social media to celebrate the controversial leader’s recognition of a suspected threat from domestic terrorism.
“Almost weeping,” George W. Bush rebukes the Americans who have turned their backs on ‘the America I know.’ Important speech, ” author and reporter Michael Beschloss tweeted.
Former President Bush in Shanksville compares Jan. 6 rebels to hijackers on Sept. 11: “In determination to pollute our national symbols, they are children of the same ugly 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 inauguration to Michelle. The time before that I was pretty sure, never. Now we have two things we agree on: the 1/6 terrorists were different from the 9/11 terrorists only in their choice of hats.
– Jay Black (@jayblackisfunny) September 11, 2021
Several conservative critics have accused Bush of trying to embrace the Democratic Party’s face-saving policy, something he has previously been accused of publicly criticizing Trump, as well as Republican leaders questioning the 2020 presidential election.
“Shame on him” conservative pundit Julie Kelly tweeted.
Swamp animals like Bush hate Americans who oppose them more than they hate people who kill Americans. https://t.co/9lwiAgvl03
– Nick Searcy, INSURRECTIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) September 11, 2021
Conservatives also urged the president to selectively focus on Citol riots while failing to recognize the violent protesters during the summer of 2020.
Bush visited a memorial service Saturday at the Shanksville site, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field after passengers managed to overtake the terrorists who had hijacked the plane.
The 11/11 terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.
Bush launched the war in Afghanistan in response to the attacks, and he has been critical of the recent withdrawal, despite both Presidents Joe Biden and Trump saying the military conflict was necessary to end it.
In an interview with German television station Deutsche Welle in July, Bush said he believed the move was wrong and could lead to “Incredibly bad” consequences.
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