Trump Slams Bush Over 9/11 Dig
During his speech at the Shanksville memorial on 9/11, former President George W. Bush saw fit to take a thinly veiled swipe at President Trump and his alleged involvement in the January 6riots. Trump fired back in his usual style.
Trump lashed out at Bush for his 9/11 20th anniversary speech in which he appeared to compare the January 6 rioters to foreign terrorists, saying that the 43rd president, who was in office when the 9/11 attacks happened, “shouldn’t be lecturing anybody!”
“So interesting to watch former President Bush, who is responsible for getting us into the quicksand of the Middle East (and then not winning!), as he lectures us that terrorists on the ’right’ are a bigger problem than those from foreign countries that hate America, and that are pouring into our Country right now,” Trump said in an emailed statement.
“If that is so, why was he willing to spend trillions of dollars and be responsible for the death of perhaps millions of people? He shouldn’t be lecturing us about anything. The World Trade Center came down during his watch. Bush led a failed and uninspiring presidency. He shouldn’t be lecturing anybody!” he said.
Bush, speaking at the commemoration in Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 crashed, lamented the lack of unity in the US and made the comparison between the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 and terrorists abroad looking to attack America.
“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within,” Bush said.
“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for 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.”
Bush’s words raised some eyebrows and prompted Trump’s fiery response. Although many have noted that the 43rd President never mentioned Trump by name or explicitly mentioned “terrorists on the right” as Trump did in his reply. But, with no love lost between these two ex-Presidents, it is quite obvious who and what he was referring to.
Flight 93 was hijacked by al Qaeda terrorists and was headed to Washington to crash into the Capitol or the White House when the passengers tried to regain control of the plane.
Thirty-three passengers and seven crew members were killed in the crash about 65 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.