HuffPo's senior White House correspond S.V. Dáte not only compared the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 to 9/11, but he suggested that the former inflicted greater damage on the soul of America than the latter did.
Dáte was tweeting late Monday night in response to the Washington Examiner's chief political correspondent Byron York who made the case that reaction to the Capitol riot has been overblown. "There is simply no comparison in scale or motivation between the two," York stated Monday morning.
York compared the loss of life caused by each event, making the case that the Capitol riot cannot be compared to 9/11 in that regard.
Dáte responded by equating the rioters to Islamist terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, and President Donald Trump to the group's founder Osama bin Laden.
"The 9/11 terrorists and Osama bin Laden never threatened the heart of the American experiment," Dáte quote tweeted York. "The 1/6 terrorists and Donald Trump absolutely did exactly that." He then went on to suggest that while "9/11 was an act of war done by foreigners," the event on Jan. 6 was "... an attack on our republic — an attempt to END OUR DEMOCRACY — committed by supposed Americans, including the sitting president."
The following morning, Dáte called the statements made by Trump on Jan. 6 an "incitement of sedition perpetrated by our own president."
The Capitol riot has reemerged as a topic of discussion after the Jan. 6 Commission bill passed in the House of Representatives.
While the bill is unlikely to pass through the Senate, it has nonetheless reignited debate as to whether or not the event should be looked into.
Those in favour of the bill suggest that it is important to get to the root cause of, as one Twitter user put it, "a coup attempt and the first non peaceful transfer of power in [America's] history." Those against it argue that the event has passed and is thus not worth the government's time investigating.
The Sept. 11 attacks are cited as the deadliest terrorist act in world history and the most devastating foreign attack on United States soil since Pearl Harbor in 1941.
In the Department of Justice's 2001 investigative crime report, the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not even include data associated with the events on that fateful fall day. "The number of deaths is so great that combining it with the traditional crime statistics will have an outlier effect that falsely skews all types of measurements in the Program’s analyses," federal officials wrote.
11 unborn children are acknowledged among the almost 3,000 names inscribed in bronze around the footprints of the Twin Towers.