Back in September of 2001 things were much different. Fox News was still a developing network then, nearly 5 years old. And the country, despite the recent Bill; Clinton impeachment trial, was nowhere near as polarized.
So when the 911 terrorist attacks happened, it didn’t take much for the country to come together. But 20 years later, things are wildly different.
During his Friday night show, Chris Cuomo explained why the country is weaker now than it was back then. The CNN host told viewers:
“You contrast that with where we are today. I’m telling you, this vaccine hesitancy, sure there’s a little bit of a personal freedom thing, people don’t want to be told what to do. Somebody made people think that the vaccine is a personal choice issue. Because it doesn’t naturally occur that way, brother. Because we get our kids vaccinated: mumps, rubella, polio, smallpox. We all do it. That’s all this is. But all of a sudden, it’s a big deal Somebody put an idea of that in their heads. Or somebodies, a group of people. We are not who we were after 9/11. This pandemic has proven that. We are weak people, and making hard times for ourselves.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of CNN:
The US needs the kind of unity we felt in the days and months after 9/11 more than ever now, says @ChrisCuomo.
"We need to be who we were then more than we needed to be that then. We need it now." pic.twitter.com/j8iswzOWf1
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) September 11, 2021
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.