Lincoln Project’s Steve Schmidt: Jan. 6 Riot ‘More Dangerous’ Than 9/11 Attacks
'The 1/6 [Jan.6] attack profoundly more dangerous'
Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt said he believes the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was a “profoundly more dangerous” event compared to the deadly 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001, which left thousands of Americans dead.
“The 1/6 [Jan.6] attack for the future of the country is a profoundly more dangerous event than the 9/11 attacks,” Schmidt said.
"And in the end, the 1/6 attacks are likely to kill a lot more Americans than were killed in the 9/11 attacks, which will include the casualties of the wars that lasted twenty years following it."
Schmidt made the remarks during the Lincoln Project’s virtual July 7 town hall, where he was discussing the organization’s mission to “defend democracy in 2022."
MSNBC political analyst Matthew Dowd echoed Schmidt's remarks, claiming the Capitol riot is “worse than 9/11” because it has divided America.
“To me, though there was less loss of life on Jan. 6-Jan.6 was worse than 9/11 because it’s continued to rip our country apart and give permission for people to pursue autocratic means,” Dowd told MSNBC’s, Joy Reid.
Just five people died during the Capitol riot, including veteran Ashli Babbitt and Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick.
The 9/11 terror attack, however, killed 2,977 people.
The Lincoln Project’s co-founder claimed that the U.S. is “on the edge” of another period of political violence.
“We have had periods of political violence in this country, and I believe we’re on the edge of another one, tragically. We have to fight back against it at the ballot box,” he said.
In May, a Huffington Post reporter also claimed the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was “1000 percent worse” than the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Reporter S.V. Dáte, the senior White House correspondent at HuffPost, was responding to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York's thread, who was trying to add perspective to the left’s obsession in comparing the two events.
“The 9/11 al Qaeda attacks killed roughly 3,000 people, brought down New York’s tallest skyscrapers, destroyed part of the Pentagon, crashed four passenger jetliners, and changed U.S. foreign policy for decades."
York explained that the January 6 riot resulted in the “natural-causes death of one Capitol Police officer, the death of one rioter at the hands of police, the ‘acute amphetamine intoxication’ death of another rioter, and the natural causes deaths of two more.”
“Parts of the Capitol were ransacked, but not seriously enough that Congress could not meet and finish its work on the night of the riot," he added.