Former President George W. Bush used his speech on the 20th anniversary of 9\11 to compare the January 6th protest to the terrorists who attacked America.
Bush spoke in Pennsylvania at the 9\11 memorial service for Flight 93, recalling the 9\11 attacks while warning of future terrorist threats to the U.S.
“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within,” he said.
Bush did not specifically name the Jan 6 protest but alluded to the American citizens who stormed the Capitol to protest the 2020 election.
There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in its disdainful pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit, and it is our continuing duty to confront them.
Bush spoke about “the America I know” where Americans united in purpose.
“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.
Bush confirmed his belief that Americans should welcome refugees and immigrants.
“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.
Bush recounted the horror of the attacks and the unity on 9\11.
“There was shock at the audacity of evil and gratitude for the heroism and decency that opposed it,” he said.
Bush thanked Americans who volunteered to serve in response to the attacks, acknowledging the “debate” about the 20 years of war that followed the terrorist attacks.
“One thing is certain, we owe an assurance to all who have fought our nation’s most recent battles,” Bush said, praising their service.
“You have been that face of hope and mercy in dark places. You’ve been a force for good in the world,” he continued. “Nothing that has followed. Nothing. Can tarnish your honor or diminish your accomplishments.”