Harris Criticized for 9/11 Analogy
Vice President Kamala Harris likened the January 6 Capitol riot to Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terror attacks.
Harris’ remark came during a speech delivered Thursday, addressing the event on its one-year anniversary.
“Certain dates echo throughout history,” Harris said. “Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendar but a place in our collective memory. December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001, and January 6, 2021.”
The vice president said the participants sought to attack “the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned the comparison, calling the analogy “an insult to the people that were going into [the Twin Towers].”
“It’s interesting how everything in our society becomes very politicized, and so today – honestly, I’m not going to watch any of it – you’re going to see the D.C./New York media, this is their Christmas, Jan. 6,” DeSantis said.
“They are going to take this and milk this for anything they could to smear anyone who ever supported Donald Trump,” he continued.
“Look, if you obstruct a proceeding, all about holding people accountable. If you’re rioting, hold them accountable,” DeSantis said.
“But let’s just be clear here: When they try to act like this is something akin to the September 11 attacks, that is an insult to the people that were going into those buildings.”
The White House defended Harris’ comparison, saying detractors should focus on “solving the threat to democracy” instead of the VP’s words.
“Instead of focusing on or analyzing comparisons of moments in history, I would suggest that they be a part of solving the threat to democracy that occurs today, that is happening today,” Psaki told reporters on Thursday. “And they’re using this as an excuse not to be a part of that.”