President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the anniversary of the January 6th Capitol Riot from the Capitol’s Statuary Hall today, Thursday, January 6th, 2022. Like her recent “Moving Again” tweet regarding the disastrous I-95 standstill, the Vice President’s remarks did not go over well with a large audience.
Harris compared the January 6th Capitol Riot to both the events of 9/11 and the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Several people took these comparisons to be in “poor taste,” to say the least.
“Certain dates echo throughout history,” Vice President Kamala Harris started. “Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them where they were, and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault.”
She then continued on:
“Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory: December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001, and January 6, 2021.”
The backlash across Twitter following the statement was almost immediate and Twitter users didn’t hold back.
Critics Respond to Kamala Harris’ Statement
Across Twitter, several figures indicated their disappointment with the comparisons. Among these Twitter users were Tim Graham of the Media Research Center and Kansas radio host John Whitmer.
“VP Kamala Harris just equated the riot on January 6th to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and the bombing of Pearl Harbor,” Whitmer wrote. “These people are so asinine!”
“Your ‘collective memory’ is drowning in exaggeration,” Graham tweeted.
Others also added to the conversation focusing on the death tolls from each of the events. From these numbers alone, they argued, the events could not be compared fairly.
“The Capitol riot was bad, political violence is wrong, & people are being prosecuted for it,” one reporter wrote. “It wasn’t comparable to Pearl Harbor (2,403 sailors, soldiers, & civilians killed by the Japanese Empire) nor comparable to 9/11 (2,977 Americans & others killed by Al-Qaeda). Obviously.”
“You can believe January 6th was bad, and at the same time believe it’s nothing like WWII, 9/11, or any other war,” the reporter added as a subsequent tweet. “Two things can be true at the same time!”
Other Capitol Coverage
If you want a recap of the facts of the riot, you can get a quick refresh here.
Earlier, members of Congress held a moment of silence on the House floor to recognize the anniversary of the “chaotic” event. Then, several lawmakers shared their experiences from the day. The current Press Secretary (Jen Psaki) just finished up her statement with PBS broadcasting it live.
According to Reuters, Former President Donald Trump canceled his news conference planned for today at his Mar-a-Lago resort. He reportedly said he “would address many of the same topics at a rally in Arizona [planned for] January 15th instead.”