President Biden was addressing Congress for the first time on Wednesday night. In a speech before a sparse, socially distanced audience in the House Chamber, the president declared that “America is on the move again.”
“I stand here tonight, one day shy of the 100th day of my administration,” Biden said near the start of remarks that lasted 1 hour, 5 minutes.
“One hundred days since I took the oath of office—lifted my hand off our family Bible—and inherited a nation in crisis. The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”
“January 6 was worse than 9/11? Or Pearl Harbor?” prominent journalist Glenn Greenwald asked of the president’s claim to Congress Wednesday night used as apparent proof that he was leading the US out of crisis.
“Or the Oklahoma City bombing? Or the dismantling of civil liberties in the name of the Cold War and War on Terror?
“Or the mass surveillance program secretly and illegally implemented by NSA aimed at US citizens?” continued Greenwald, referring to the Edward Snowden expose of government documents he first reported.
“How about the War on Drugs, mass incarceration and Jim Crow? Were those worse ‘attacks on democracy’ than the 3-hour Capitol riot on Jan. 6? The assassination of JFK? The interference in domestic politics by the CIA? The list of worse attacks than Jan. 6 is endless,” he wrote.
As others defended the president’s claims, insisting the atrocities cited by Greenwald were not direct attacks on democracy, the outspoken journalist asserted Biden’s claim was a “completely unhinged drama queen script” response to Jan. 6.
Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza said he was surprised that the “room did not break into uncontrolled laughter at this ridiculous claim.”
Former President Donald Trump adviser Steve Cortes went even further, calling it a “dangerous and monstrous lie.”
“So…Pearl Harbor, presidential assassinations, 9-11…all less threatening to our democracy than a bunch of unarmed fur hat hooligans?” he asked.
“The Capitol riot was very bad. Let’s get serious about American history tho,” wrote Jerry Dunleavy of the conservative Washington Examiner.
He insisted that “9/11 was an attack on our democracy” because “Flight 93 was headed for the U.S. Capitol, and if not for the brave actions of those on board, it’s very possible the building would’ve been a smoking crater.”
“The terrorist attacks of 9/11 also successfully targeted the Pentagon — a prominent global symbol of our democracy’s military might,” he added.
“President John F. Kennedy was also literally assassinated,” he stressed, while noting other plots including how “Reagan was shot & almost died.”
“The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist attack willful
“The Weather Underground bombed the Capitol in 1971 … The May 19th Communist Organization bombed the Capitol in 1983,” he went on to note, with others making similar lists.