Daily Mail columnist Meghan McCain has slammed those who elevate the one-year anniversary of the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill to some of the most tragic events in American history.
“Tomorrow will be a solemn day – and we should remember it for what it was and learn important and necessary lessons,” McCain said. tweeted Wednesday.
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“I’m not going to treat it like the anniversary of Pearl Harbor or 9/11 though, because it’s tonal and logically inappropriate. I implore you to do the same,” she added.
Over the past year, with January 6 dominating liberal media coverage, many members of the media have cited comparisons to Pearl Harbor, September 11, and even the Civil War.
Thousands of Americans were killed in the Pearl Harbor and 9/11 attacks, and an estimated 750,000 were killed in the Civil War. Meanwhile, only one person, pro-Trump rioter Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed in the Capitol riot while others died that day of natural causes.
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Regardless, some commentators and journalists have claimed that January 6 was not only on par with the September 11 attacks, but in fact even worse.
George W. Bush left-wing expert and former strategist Matthew Dowd recently argued that the riot was worse because he divided the country. Lincoln Project co-founder and Republican strategist turned independent turned Democrat Steve Schmidt said not only was Dowd right, but the riot was worse because it would end up resulting in more loss of life.
New York firefighters and the families of the 9/11 victims told Fox News how disgusted they were when they learned the two events were even compared, not to mention suggesting that the riot, while astonishing and shameful, was the darkest day.
“Are they laughing at me? Retired New York Deputy Fire Chief Jim Riches told Fox News. “Three thousand people have died, plus we have more people dying from the air that was out there… They’re comparing that to score points politically. Families really are [angry]. When I talk to them, when they compare it to that, they find it outrageous. “
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“There are a lot of young people who have no vivid memories of September 11 … When you have all these comparisons and analogies, which are exaggerated and ridiculous, it understates what really happened, and that’s what happens. going on here. It’s a deliberate ploy, “said Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles Burlingame was murdered while flying American Airlines Flight 77, the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. She wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “It is deeply offensive and sad that the brutal and poignant memories of the worst terrorist attack in American history are displayed by political supporters.
Joe Connor, whose cousin Steven Schlag was among the thousands who perished at the World Trade Center, told Fox News there was no comparison.
“They are simply dehumanizing our families for political ends,” he said. “I guess they call it gaslighting. They can say those things that will make people think these riots were worse than the worst thing that happened on American soil. Either they’re ignorant or they really are. devious and clever, and you can’t make them forget anything, because if you’re willing to lie at this point … That’s a worrying trend for me. “
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Don Arias, whose brother Adam died on 9/11 while working on the 84th floor of the South Tower, told Fox News it made him ‘blood boil’ than anyone of any stripe politician would make this comparison.
“Far-sighted people see these inflammatory statements like bulls – they are,” Arias said. “There is no comparison.”
Fox News’ David Rutz, Brian Flood and Andrew Murray contributed to this report.