Bush: ‘Jan 6 Protestors as Evil as 9/11 Terrorists’
'They are children of the same foul spirit'
Former President George W. Bush warned of "internal threats" on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, seemingly in reference to the Jan. 6 Capitol rioters.
"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 overlaps between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home ... they are children of the same foul spirit, and it is our continuing duty to confront them."
"When it comes to unity of America, those days seem distant from our own," the Republican former president said.
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"Malign force seems at work in our common life ... so much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear, and resentment."
“At a time when religious bigotry might have flowed freely, I saw Americans reject prejudice and embrace people of the Muslim faith. That is the nation I know,” he said.
At the same time, Bush said America should welcome refugees into the United States despite many being unvetted.
“At a time when nativism could have stirred hatred and violence against people perceived as outsiders, I saw Americans reaffirm their welcome to immigrants and refugees. that is the nation I know,” he said.
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Bush's remarks echoed Hillary Clinton's, who demonized Trump supporters over terrorists on the 9/11 anniversary.
"I think you always have to be vigilant, Gayle, and certainly that, unfortunately, comes with living in the world as we know it today, but actually, I am more concerned about internal threats."
"But really, what is tearing our country apart and threatening our democracy is what we saw on January 6,” Hillary said.
Earlier this month, MSNBC compared Christians to the Taliban as they attempt to politicize and shape their narrative.
Host Joy Reid tweeted that "our own far religious right" is "dreaming of a theocracy that would impose a particular brand of Christianity" on American society.
Last month, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA), Michael Hayden, championed the idea of sending the "MAGA wearing" Trump supporters to Afghanistan.