President Joe Biden was slammed by conservatives Wednesday for referring to the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot as “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War” in his address to Congress.
The comment was part of an excerpt released by the White House from Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night.
“100 days since I took the oath of office, lifted my hand off our family Bible, and inherited a nation in crisis,” Biden will say in the speech. “The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”
The comment generated immediate pushback from many social media users, who pointed out a variety of national tragedies that have taken place since the Civil War, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“Biden asserts riot was a worse attack than various bombings and deadly attacks on the Capitol, deadly Summer of Rage with its attacks on the WH and federal court buildings, four presidential assassinations, another five assassination attempts, Pearl Harbor, and 9/11,” Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway tweeted. “OK.”
Biden asserts riot was a worse attack than various bombings and deadly attacks on the Capitol, deadly Summer of Rage with its attacks on the WH and federal court buildings, four presidential assassinations, another five assassination attempts, Pearl Harbor, and 9/11. OK. https://t.co/1S7Hc0nsLW
— Mollie (@MZHemingway)
April 28, 2021
“Left wing terrorists literally detonated a bomb in the US capitol in 1983 and one of them was later granted clemency by Bill Clinton,” journalist Jon Levine tweeted.
Professor Andy Grewal pointed out that four U.S. presidents have been murdered since the end of the Civil War.
Others wondered aloud why the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor carried out by Japan was overlooked.
“I was at SEAL training in Coronado when Al Qaeda took down the Twin Towers on 9/11Over 3,000 Americans died that day,” Republican Senate candidate Eric Greitens tweeted. “Thousands more died in the Global War on Terror that followed. Joe Biden forgets their sacrifice.”
Biden is set to address Congress at 9 p.m. EST in a speech that will highlight spending package proposals as well as his plan to address the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus.
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