When retired New York Deputy Fire Chief Jim Riches speaks about it, the anger and sadness in his voice is unmistakable.
It’s been nearly 20 years since his son Jimmy was among the 343 New York firefighters to die at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The 9/11 terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people, launched wars, and changed the world.
But since the January 6 Capitol riot, … some commentators and reporters have claimed it’s not just on par with the 9/11 attacks, but actually even worse.
Riches and other family members of victims told Fox News they’re disgusted when they hear of the two events even being compared, let alone suggesting the riot, while stunning and disgraceful, was the darker day. …
“It’s a shame,” he said. “Are they kidding me? … They’re comparing it to score points politically. The families are really [angry]. When I talk to them, when they compare it to that, they find that outrageous …
It’s become a trend in some liberal circles since the riot to liken it to 9/11, citing that it was a direct attack on the democratic process..”
Two examples of what’s being said in leftist circles:
An attack on the U.S. Capitol is an act of terrorism, whether the attackers are foreign or domestic. pic.twitter.com/dPbUX3RRBO
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 15, 2021
White House correspondent for Huff Post 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/baFhDuE9f6
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 25, 2021
On the scale of death and destruction, the two aren’t even remotely comparable. Thousands died on 9/11 as jihadists crashed three planes into symbols of American might, while a fourth crashed in Pennsylvania after heroic passengers interceded. One rioter on Jan. 6 was killed and four other deaths were tied to the assault, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, who died of a stroke after being pepper-sprayed in the melee. …
Joe Connor, whose cousin Steven Schlag was among the thousands who perished at the World Trade Center, told Fox News there’s no comparison.
“They just dehumanize our families for political gain,” he said. “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.”
Connor watched the towers fall from his nearby Manhattan office. He tried to contact Schlag, a bond trader, and never heard from him.
“I saw people jumping out. I saw the sides of the buildings explode. I saw papers floating in the wind, and i tried to call my cousin,” he said. “No one picked up … The terror, the carnage, the horror of 9/11, 20 years ago. They’ve forgotten or they think the rest of us have forgotten.” …
Riches’ son died on 9/11, but it wasn’t until March 25, 2002 that he and his three other sons carried pieces of Jimmy’s body out of the rubble at Ground Zero. More than 1,000 other families never got remains to bury.
In contrast, after the riot was quelled in January, the Senate finished its business that night and certified Biden as the president-elect.
Nothing quite screams guild about rigging an election like lies and gaslighting on this scale. Just one rigged election will so change a country.