Joe Biden said Wednesday night during his first speech before a joint session of Congress that the Capitol storm surge on Jan. 6 was the “worst assault” on democracy since the Civil War.
The claim immediately sparked major backlash, especially from those on right-wing Twitter, who pointed to a slew of other tragedies in America between the 1860s and 2021 – such as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, Pearl Harbor, presidential killings, and others.
Was January 6 worse than 9/11? Or Pearl Harbor? Glenn Greenwald, a journalist and former attorney, wrote in a Twitter thread.
Or the Oklahoma City bombing? Or the dismantling of civil liberties in the name of the Cold War and War on Terror? Or the massive surveillance program secretly and illegally conducted by the NSA targeting US citizens (sic)? he continued, calling the president a ‘drama queen’ for hyperbolizing the January 6 riots.
Joe Biden was denounced on Twitter on Wednesday after he claimed in his first speech before a joint session of Congress that the storming of the Capitol was the “ worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War. ”
People immediately took to Twitter to break down the claim, listing attacks that took place between the years 1860 and 2021, such as the September 11 terrorist attacks and presidential killings.
Trump adviser Jason Miller listed 9/11 and Pearl Harbor
“What about the War on Drugs, mass incarceration and Jim Crow?” Greenwald joked. “Were those worse ‘attacks on democracy’ than the three-hour uprising at the Capitol on January 6?”
‘The JFK murder? The interference in domestic politics by the CIA? The list of worse attacks than January 6 is endless, ”he concluded.
Worst attack on our democracy since the civil war? Not 9/11? Not Pearl Harbor ??? Trump adviser Jason Miller tweeted Wednesday.
At the top of Biden’s speech, the president complained about the situation he inherited from Donald Trump when he was inaugurated on Jan. 20.
As I stand here tonight – just one day before the 100th day of my administration. 100 days since I took the oath of office, lifted my hand from our family Bible, and inherited a land in crisis, ”Biden said.
He then wrote: ‘The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the civil war. ‘
“Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again,” he said, calling himself the fixer-upper of all the aforementioned problems. ‘Converting danger into possibility. Crisis in opportunity. Decline in strength.
Washington Examiner Justice Reporter noted that 9/11 was a major attack on American democracy from the outside
He also did not take note of JFK’s murder
The reporter made sure to mention other presidential killings and attempts
He noted that the Capitol attack was bad, but mentioned other Capitol attacks over the years
“Life can bring us down,” Biden said. ‘But in America we will never stay put. In America we always get up. And that’s what we’re doing today: America is rising again. ‘
“After 100 days of salvation and renewal, America is ready to take off,” he continued.
“100 days ago, America’s house was on fire. We had to act. ‘
Twitter was not happy with Biden’s classification of the January 6 events.
Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner Justice reporter, wrote on Twitter: “9/11 was an attack on our democracy. Flight 93 was headed for the Capitol, and if it weren’t for the courageous actions of those on board, it’s entirely possible the building would have been a smoking crater. Instead, it crashed into a field ~ 20 minutes from DC, and all 40 passengers and crew died. ‘
“The 9/11 terrorist attacks also successfully targeted the Pentagon – a prominent global symbol of the military might of our democracy,” he continued. “The plane crashing into the side of the Pentagon killed the 59 passengers and crew on board the plane, as well as 125 people in the Pentagon.”
“President John F. Kennedy was also literally murdered,” Dunleavy wrote in another post as part of his thread.
He later added, “Sorry, I forgot a few things here. Lincoln was murdered a few days after Lee surrendered to Grant (although a few Confederate generals held out for a few more months). Garfield, McKinley and JFK were all killed. Teddy Roosevelt was shot. Reagan was shot and nearly died. ‘
“The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist attack deliberately targeting a federal government building that killed 168 people,” he continued in his list.
“The Capitol uprising was very bad. Let’s take American history seriously. The Weather Underground bombed the Capitol in 1971 and the May 19 Communist Organization bombed the Capitol in 1983, Dunleavy tweeted.
“Pearl Harbor,” he wrote in a standalone tweet.
At the end of his speech on Wednesday, Biden said world leaders don’t think American democracy can “ overcome the lies, anger, hatred and fears. ” He added: “They are looking at the images of the crowd that attacked this Capitol as proof that the sun is setting on American democracy.”
Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway noted some of the same cases in her own attack on the president’s classification of the attack.
Biden claims the riot was a worse attack than several bombings and deadly attacks on the Capitol, the deadly Summer of Rage with its attacks on the WH and federal court buildings, four presidential murders, five more assassination attempts, Pearl Harbor and 9/11. OK, ‘she tweeted.
A social media associate with the right-wing Daily Caller recalled, “3,000 Americans died on 9/11.”
The January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol occurred after then-President Trump held a ‘stop the steel’ meeting outside the White House on the day Congress convened to certify the Electoral College’s results for Biden.
After the rally, thousands of Trump supporters marched to Capitol Hill for an outdoor protest, before many began storming the building’s doors to prevent lawmakers from certifying the results.
Thousands of Trump supporters came to the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to protest against Congress as it held a joint session to certify the election results for Joe Biden
The ordeal lasted for hours that afternoon into evening and resulted in a handful of deaths, including that of Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick.
Hundreds were injured.
Lawmakers later shared their story of hiding in the rooms and their offices while the Capitol was shut down after protesters were able to break through the building’s doors.
That month, the House, led by speaker Nancy Pelsi, moved quickly to impeach Trump a second time. The Senate failed to persuade 17 Republicans to vote to convict Trump, making it the second unsuccessful impeachment case against him.
At the end of Wednesday’s speech, where only 200 lawmakers were in attendance because of the COVID-19 restriction, he brought back the attack on the Capitol.
“Can our democracy overcome the lies, anger, hatred, and fears that have pulled us apart?” Biden asked.
“America’s adversaries – the world’s autocrats – are betting that it can’t be done,” he continued. ‘They feel that we are too full of anger and division and anger. They look at the images of the crowd that attacked this Capitol as proof that the sun is setting over American democracy. ‘
But Biden assured, “They are wrong. And we have to prove them wrong. We have to prove that democracy still works. That our government still works – and can deliver for the people. ‘
He called the attack an ‘existential crisis’
Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of a school shooting in Parkland, wrote, “Idk 9/11 was pretty bad” in response to Biden calling it the worst attack on American democracy.
“1/6 worse than 9/11 according to Biden,” tweeted a Fox News booker along with an infamous image of a man who fell down the side of the World Trade Center after the planes were hit.