This weekend, the United States set aside a time of remembrance for the victims of the horrific September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the nation.
One would think that contemporary politics could be left aside for just one solemn day.
But this is America in 2021, and everything, literally everything, is political.
The man who was president on that fateful day was George W. Bush and he knows better than anyone the barbarities and threat to the homeland posed by evil radical Islamic terrorists.
He spent his presidency fighting to protect the homeland from the despicable cockroaches. That is why it is puzzling that Bush on Saturday equated the 1/6 Capitol Hill rioters with the barbarians who attacked the nation on 9/11.
Bush did so during a speech on Saturday ostensibly to honor the victims of United Flight 93, which crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Instead of keeping the focus on the victims of the flight who heroically saved Washington D.C. from further carnage, Bush turned his ire on the hooligans who attacked the Capitol on 1/6.
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… “It is our continuing duty to confront them.”
Yeah, because Osama Bin Laden is equivalent to the Buffalo Dude who sat at the speaker’s podium on January 6th.
Bush gave the media hounds a talking point that they left them panting like a dog; if you listened closely enough you could hear the salivating in news rooms across the country following Bush’s remarks.
The media are determined to tie every story—no matter how precarious of a link— back to the January 6 riot.
A few dopy fools who stormed the Capitol are representative of all Trump supporters in their minds, and if you don’t believe this, this is a sign of your racism… or something.
All this despite there being no deaths directly attributed to the rioters.
Compare the paltry damage on 1/6 to nearly 3,000 Americans who were murdered in cold blood on 9/11, and one sees the absurdity of the comparison.
Bush played the role of the media’s useful idiot.
Bush has remained largely silent in his post-presidency. He has largely abstained from commenting on politics and has taken up a new hobby of painting, even publishing two books of his works.
However, the few times he has reemerged to give his opinion, it hasn’t been to defend conservative causes, but rather to throw shade at Republicans.
That’s a little puzzling given the fact that Bush is a Republican himself, and, before Trump, he was the media’s most despised GOP member. It’s hard to remember all those years ago, before Trump derangement syndrome, there was Bush derangement syndrome.
There was even a question of whether Bush intended to vote for Trump as reported by the New York Times last year, but a Bush spokesperson later pushed back and wouldn’t confirm the accuracy of that report.
It is a shame that the man who led the nation with distinction in the days following 9/11 has resorted to such a petty and flawed comparison.
And now Bush has once again fulfilled the role of useful idiot for the media, and they thank him for it.