MSNBC political analyst and Lincoln Project cofounder Steve Schmidt issued a warning during a recent town hall that the unprecedented terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 pale in comparison to the dangers posed by the insurrectionists who laid siege to the United States Capitol on January 6th.
While it is true that five people – compared to the nearly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives on 9/11 – were killed during former President Donald Trump’s failed coup against the legitimately democratically-elected federal government, Schmidt believes that the growing fervor of nationalism on the American political right is poised to spark future outbreaks of violence that could result in widespread bloodshed.
Indeed, numerous white supremacist organizations and even some ultra-conservative lawmakers have hinted at that possibility and their inflammatory rhetoric has either originated from or been parroted by Trump and his jingoist followers.
The concern was glaringly apparent in Schmidt’s eyes.
“My friend [ex-Republican operative] Matthew Dowd – our friend – you know, talked about this. He couldn’t be more right,” said Schmidt. “The 1/6 attack for the future of the country was a profoundly more dangerous event than the 9/11 attacks. And in the end, the 1/6 attacks are likely to kill a lot more Americans than were killed on the 9/11 attacks, which will include the casualties of the wars that lasted 20 years following it. We have had decades of political violence in this country, and I believe we’re on the edge of another one, tragically. And we have to fight back against it at the ballot box.”
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