Former President George W. Bush on Saturday warned against local violent extremism during a speech at the Flight 93 memorial on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Driving the news: “We have seen more and more evidence that dangers to our country can come not only from borders, but also from the violence that gathers within,” said Bush, who joined Vice President Kamala Harris and others during the ceremony.
- “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their contempt for human life, in their determination to sully national symbols, this are children of the same filthy spirit, and it is our continuing duty to confront them.
- Following the riot on Capitol Hill, Bush issued a statement denouncing “the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, traditions and law enforcement.”
- The violent assault on Capitol Hill – and the disruption of a constitutionally mandated congressional meeting – was undertaken by people whose passions have been inflamed by lies and false hopes. our nation and our reputation, ”added the 43rd President. .
- The former president’s remarks come a week before a rally scheduled for September 18 to support those arrested for storming the Capitol on January 6. The rally – led by former Donald Trump presidential campaign official Matt Braynard – is known as “Justice for J6.” “
The big picture: Bush also underscored the unity that manifested itself in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks in his speech on Saturday.
- “In the weeks and months following the September 11 attacks, I was proud to lead an extraordinary, resilient and united people. When it comes to the unity of America, those days seem distant from ours, ”said Bush.
President Biden speaking at a fire station in Shanksville praised Bush’s speech and echoed his message on the importance of restoring national unity.
- “Are we going, in the next four, five, six, ten years, to demonstrate that democracies can work or not? Biden said.
- Former President Trump, who chose not to attend official events and instead spoke to first responders at 17th Precinct Station House in East Midtown, set a divisive tone in his remarks.
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