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Leftist Rhetoric Draws Fire from 9/11 Victims’ Families

Teresa Monroe-Hamilton writes for Biz Pac Review about the impact of progressives’ rhetoric tied to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

The families of 9/11 victims are enraged over the media and leftists portraying the U.S. Capitol riot as being worse than the horrific terrorist attacks that occurred almost 20 years ago, leaving nearly 3,000 dead in their wake and launching wars across the globe.

Families who lost loved ones on that tragic day told Fox News that they are disgusted and sickened by the comparison of the two events. While one person tragically died during the Capitol riot at the hands of an anonymous officer, 9/11 took thousands of grandparents, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and loved ones from their families forever.

Almost twenty years ago, retired New York Deputy Fire Chief Jim Riches lost his son during the attacks along with 342 other firefighters who were trying to save lives that day. “It’s a shame,” he sadly stated. “Are they kidding me? 3,000 people died, plus we have more people dying from the air that was down there … They’re comparing it to score points politically. The families are really [angry]. When I talk to them, when they compare it to that, they find that outrageous.”

“They were inconvenienced,” Riches commented. “We were inconvenienced for a lifetime, and we will never forget … Families have been destroyed, and we’re still living with it. It’s never-ending.”

Democratic lawmakers have demanded that the riot be investigated by a “9/11-style” commission.

“I would like to see Jan. 6 burned into the American mind as firmly as 9/11, because it was that scale of a shock to the system,” leftist commentator George Will stated.

Huffington Post White House correspondent S.V. Dáte declared the riot was worse because Usama bin Laden and the other terrorists “never threatened the heart of the American experiment.” He went on to tweet, “The 1/6 terrorists and Donald Trump absolutely did exactly that. Trump continues that effort today.” He later stated via Twitter that the riot was “1000 percent worse.”

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...