As some on the left try to claim that the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was comparable to the shocking and deadly terrorist attacks against the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, the families of those who perished in those attacks nearly 20 years ago are speaking out.
According to Fox News, the criticism comes from family members of the roughly 3,000 people who died the morning of 9/11, when commercial jets hijacked by terrorists were crashed into the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, as well as the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
“It’s a shame. Are they kidding me? 3,000 people died, plus we have more people dying from the air that was down there,” retired New York Deputy Fire Chief Jim Riches said, according to Fox.
“They’re comparing it to score points politically,” he added of leftists who compare the events of Sept. 11, 2001 to those of Jan. 6, 2021. “The families are really [angry]. When I talk to them, when they compare it to that, they find that outrageous.”
“Are they kidding me?”
Riches claimed that on Jan. 6, members of Congress were “inconvenienced.”
Meanwhile, he said, “[w]e 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.”
According to Fox, most of the families the network spoke to agreed that the riot at the Capitol was worth of condemnation.
Still, they don’t feel it rose to the level of the 2001 attack that killed thousands of Americans and effectively prompted a war that killed thousands more.
All being done for “political gain”
“It’s unfortunate because we’re coming up in the 20th anniversary,” Debra Burlingame, sister of Charles Burlingame, who was piloting American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon, said of the comparisons, according to Fox. “There are a lot of young people who have no living memory of 9/11.”
She went on: “When you have all these comparisons and analogies, which are inflated and ridiculous, it minimizes what actually happened, and that’s what’s happening here. It’s a deliberate ploy.”
Burlingame struck a similar note in an op-ed she wrote for the Wall Street Journal in May in which she decried the hyperbolic and “deeply offensive” comparisons as a “travesty.”
“They just dehumanize our families for political gain,” Joe Connor, whose cousin Steven Schlag died in the World Trade Center, told Fox. “I guess they call it gaslighting. They can say these things that will make people believe that these riots were worse than the worst thing that happened on American soil. Either they’re ignorant or they’re just really devious and clever, and you can put nothing past them, because if you’re willing to lie to that degree… It’s a disturbing trend to me.”