(USA Features) Former President George W. Bush, who was only in office for about eight months when 19 terrorists brought down the World Trade Center and attacked the Pentagon with fully fueled commercial aircraft, was taken to task online Saturday after comments he made appearing to compare them to pro-Donald Trump rioters who breached the U.S. Capitol Building Jan. 6.
During a speech at the 9/11 memorial service for Flight 93, a hijacked aircraft that was taken over by passengers and crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa., Bush recounted the September 11 attacks while going on to warn of future terrorist threats to the United States.
“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within,” he said.
“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” the 43rd president continued, going on to allude to the Jan. 6 breach.
“But in it’s disdainful 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,” he added.
The comparison drew stiff resistance from several people on social media.
“There is no comparison between 9/11/2001 & 1/6/2021,” tweeted ACT for America, a grassroots conservative movement “dedicated to preserving America’s culture, sovereignty and security.”
“George W Bush is an imbecile,” the tweet noted further.
“The only place Bush should be on 9/11 is answering to the American people for all his lies,” retired Army Special Forces chief warrant officer and Washington state GOP congressional candidate Joe Kent wrote.
The only place Bush should be on 9/11 is answering to the American people for all his lies.
Instead he’s just showing us that the regime is not just one party, it’s the ruling class that despises us & is not done exploiting us. https://t.co/Tc9sVSzFyg
— Joe Kent for WA-3 (@joekent16jan19) September 11, 2021
“Instead he’s just showing us that the regime is not just one party, it’s the ruling class that despises us & is not done exploiting us,” he continued.
“George Bush is a fraud!” declared conservative comedian Terrence K. Williams. “This clown compared Jan 6th to 9/11. What an insult. It’s not even close.”
George Bush is a fraud! This clown compared Jan 6th to 9/11. What an insult. It’s not even close
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) September 12, 2021
“When Occupy Democrats is cheering George W Bush you might be confused if you haven’t been paying attention,” political correspondent Jack Posobiec wrote.
“Bush is publicly comparing 9/11 to Jan 6,” he wrote in another tweet. “They want Trump supporters treated like jihadists.”
“Are you paying attention yet?” he added.
“I have personally overlooked many things from former President George W. Bush but his comparison between Trump voters and the Jihadists from 9/11 is an absolute disgrace,” retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness said.
“F*cking unbelievable. #NeverForget.”
“The more I hear from George W Bush, the more I realize there was never really a choice in presidential elections in my lifetime until 2016,” Washington comic and columnist Tim Young noted in a tweet.
“George W. Bush, the man who brought us torture, indefinite detention, assassination, and mass surveillance, rebukes those who’ve turned their backs on the ‘America I know,’” journalist Matt Taibbi wrote.
“My disgust over this stupidity knows no bounds,” conservative activist Ned Ryun added.