Former President Trump blasted former President George W. Bush for comparing Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 to foreign terrorists during his speech marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, saying the 43rd president "shouldn’t be lecturing anybody."
"So interesting to watch former President Bush, who is responsible for getting us into the quicksand of the Middle East (and then not winning!), as he lectures us that terrorists on the ’right’ are a bigger problem than those from foreign countries that hate America, and that are pouring into our Country right now," Trump said in an emailed statement from his Save American Pac.
"If that is so, why was he willing to spend trillions of dollars and be responsible for the death of perhaps millions of people? He shouldn’t be lecturing us about anything," Trump added.
Trump noted that the Twin Towers "came down during his watch," and Bush "led a failed and uninspiring presidency."
“He shouldn’t be lecturing anybody!” Trump added.
On Saturday, Bush spoke at the Sept. 11 commemoration near Shanksville, Pa., the site of one of four plane crashes on September 11, 2001. United Flight 93 crashed into an empty field after passengers and crew members were able to overtake al Qaeda hijackers and divert the plane from what was believed to have been the intended target — the U.S. Capitol. In his remarks, Bush highlighted the similarities between "violent extremists abroad" and "violent extremists at home," saying the commonalities of the two while holding very different worldviews are "children of the same foul spirit."
"We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within,” Bush said.
“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols — they are children of the same foul spirit, and it is our continuing duty to confront them," Bush added.
Bush’s comments heeded warnings from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding heightened security threats in the U.S. The DHS put out a bulletin last month stating that the 20th anniversary of the 2011 attacks could "serve as a catalyst for acts of targeted violence," adding that extremists may be looking to exploit the COVID-19 variants and resumption of public health measures in the U.S. as a "rationale to conduct attacks."
In a previous statement Monday, Trump lashed out on the "pathetic and incompetent withdrawal from Afghanistan" while touching on similar notes to his statement slamming Bush's remarks.
"Our Country is far more susceptible to attack by outside terrorist groups than ever before. Our enemies all over the world are inspired by what just happened in Afghanistan—the removal of the Military first and our “gift” of $85 billion in military equipment. We are no longer respected after the pathetic and incompetent withdrawal from Afghanistan," Trump said in a different statement.
In both statements, Trump lamented the loss of life in the war in Afghanistan and the “trillions” of dollars spent on the 20-year war.
"Just nine months ago, the United States was viewed as being strong, and now we are being viewed as weak and stupid. The Taliban has totally retaken Afghanistan—a far more potent position than they had 20 years ago, after we spent trillions of dollars, with hundreds of thousands of lives lost (on both sides). This loss emboldens not only foreign terrorists but also Antifa and BLM. It’s sad that this is not what you hear from the Fake News Media who are only interested in talking about 'terrorism' from the right and protecting an illegitimate president," Trump said.
Our reputation is gone, our Borders are broken, inflation is raging, and COVID continues, even with the vaccines (developed under “Trump”), to ravage our nation," Trump added.