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MSNBC: Jan. 6 was worse than 9/11

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 7/7/2021 Becket Adams
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The left’s fetishization of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot continues apace.

MSNBC's reliably unhinged Joy Reid and network contributor Matthew Dowd agreed this week the riot, in which one protester was shot and killed, is probably worse than the Sept. 11 attacks, in which nearly 3,000 civilians were slaughtered in an act of political terrorism.

In fact, Dowd argued, Jan. 6 suggests the United States is probably in its most perilous period of time since the Civil War.

“Matthew,” said Reid, “it — it feels like things have actually got worse since January 6th, honestly. … What in the world is going on?”

“Well, I absolutely agree with you, Joy,” said the perfectly submissive Dowd, who has rebranded since his days working for former President George W. Bush as a cliche “former GOP strategist” whose sole purpose in media is to attack the GOP. "I think it is much worse than on January 6th. It’s much worse than it was in November. It’s much worse after January 6th, and part of the problem is because — because there's been no accountability, it's given permission to do more of this.”

He added, “one of the things if you think about this, what would happen if, after 9/11, we had done nothing? We had done nothing.”

The easily impressed Reid responded, “Right.”

“Think about that,” Dowd continued, undoubtedly impressed with his line of thinking. “If we had done nothing after 9/11, and to me, though there was less loss of life on January 6th, January 6th was worse than 9/11 because it's continued to rip our country apart and give permission for people to pursue autocratic means.”

Ah, yes, because as we know now with the benefit of hindsight, 9/11 was a very unifying moment for the U.S. Also, speaking of “autocratic means,” is Dowd really going to pretend as if the post-9/11 Patriot Act simply doesn’t exist? Insofar as “autocratic means” are concerned, has Dowd not flown on a plane since Sept. 11, 2001?

“I think we're in a much worse place than we’ve been and, as I’ve said,” MSNBC’s “former GOP strategist” continued, “I think to you before, I think we're in the most perilous point in time since 1861 in the advent of the Civil War.”

Reid, of course, agreed, adding further that the U.S. today looks “like Mussolini’s Italy.”

“Well, the only thing you can do is rid the country of that political party and completely rid it of it and make it suffer devastating losses in a series of elections,” Dowd said. “To me, there's no moral argument we can make against Republicans who’ve decided that moral positioning doesn't matter anymore.”

This impulse to blow the riot out of proportion has become deranged. Jan. 6 was bad. A person died. Hundreds were injured. Rioters caused thousands of dollars in damage. But it was not worse than 9/11, which resulted in thousands of deaths, the general deterioration of American comity, overreach by the federal government, distrust in government officials, and the launch of the forever wars.

This game where liberals and their weird hangers-on in the press compete to see who can hyperventilate the hardest about Jan. 6 really needs to stop. It’s as ignorant as it is embarrassing.

Tags: Beltway Confidential, Opinion, MSNBC, 9/11, January 6

Original Author: Becket Adams

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