Horrible events often have the effect of uniting the country. The 9/11 attacks were a good example of this. Despite the strong partisanship in 2001, George W. Bush soon had an approval rating of 90%.
1/6 was another terrifying event in American history. But the country has certainly not come together since then. And because of that, says Matthew Dowd, the January uprising was worse than the 2001 attacks.
The former Republican strategist made the comments during an appearance Tuesday night on Joy Reid’s show. The host began: “MeIt feels like things have become worse since Jan 6th. I remember reading the reports when Trump ran for office, he inspired a surge in violence white nationalism. The chatter was that this is our type. He’s gone now. Even without his daily presence We have members on social media of Congress openly bleach around with people who marched in Charlottesville. “
Dowd replied, “Me totally agree with you i guess it’s much worse than January 6th, much worse than in November. Much worse after January 6th. Part of the problem is because there was no accountability it is permissible to do more of this. It is not just given permission only for average people who maybe Do crazy things, it’s allowed the Republicans just to keep going that big lie they pushed above.”
Former Republican strategist Matthew Dowd says 1/6 was worse than 9/11 pic.twitter.com/UODCdXhC9m
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The guest concluded:
“Although there were fewer lives on January 6th, January 6th was worse for me than September 11th because it continues to tear our country apart and allow people to pursue autocratic means. And so I think we are in a much worse place than we have ever been, and as I told you, I think we are in the most dangerous time since 1861 and the rise of the Civil War. “
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.