WASHINGTON, D.C. – One year after the so-called “insurrection” at the Capitol, Vice President Kamala Harris asserted that the events of January 6, 2021 were comparable to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
At the very beginning of a speech at the Capitol on January 6, 2022, Harris compared those two horrific events to the events of January 6, 2021, saying:
“Certain dates echo throughout history, including certain dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault.
“Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory: December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001, and January 6, 2021.”
Naturally, many individuals took exception to the egregious comparison.
TV personality John Cardillo pointed out the obvious differences in devastating loss of life, tweeting:
“9/11: 2977 innocents dead
“Pearl Harbor: 2403 Americans dead
“Jan 6th: One death. Unarmed #AshliBabbitt killed by an inept Capitol cop,
“@KamalaHarris’s comparison is disgraceful and insults the memories of those we lost.”
9/11: 2977 innocents dead
Pearl Harbor: 2403 Americans dead
— John – Naturally Immune – Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 6, 2022
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pointed out that the attacks on Pearl Harbor and September 11 also both led to war, noting:
“Kamala Harris comparison ofJanuary 6 to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 was just plain embarrassing.
“Even with the decay of California schools she should have known that thousands died at both and both led to wars. Embarrassingly ignorant.”
Kamala Harris comparison ofJanuary 6 to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 was just plain embarrassing. Even with the decay of California schools she should have known that thousands died at both and both led to wars. Embarrassingly ignorant.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) January 7, 2022
Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was at the helm during the response to the attacks on September 11, 2001, pulled no punches when he tweeted that Harris is an “incompetent fool” and a “disgrace”:
“VP @KamalaHarris’ comparison to the out of control protest and trespassing on 1/6, to the attacks on America on Pearl Harbor and 9/11 where 5,380 Americans died, is nothing more than political theater by an incompetent fool.
“She is a disgrace to the office she holds.”
VP @KamalaHarris' comparison to the out of control protest and trespassing on 1/6, to the attacks on America on Pearl Harbor and 9/11 where 5,380 Americans died, is nothing more than political theater by an incompetent fool. She is a disgrace to the office she holds. #september11 https://t.co/PcHmcQ9qkg
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) January 6, 2022
Judge Jeanine Pirro referred to Harris’s comparisons as “outright fantasy,” tweeting:
“At a time of great consequence in history, Kamala Harris engages not in hyperbole, but outright fantasy.
“She is a joke, and not the funny kind.”
At a time of great consequence in history, Kamala Harris engages not in hyperbole, but outright fantasy. She is a joke, and not the funny kind. https://t.co/QveRlAqQew
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) January 6, 2022
Others took to social media to point out Harris’ obvious hypocrisy of condemning the actions on January 6 while ignoring, if not enabling, the criminal activities involved in the widespread BLM/Antifa riots throughout the United States.
Twitter user Greg Price wrote:
“When a two-hour riot happened at the Capitol, Kamala Harris compared it to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor.
“When neighborhoods in Minneapolis were burned to the ground, Kamala Harris helped raise bail money for the people who did it.”
When a two-hour riot happened at the Capitol, Kamala Harris compared it to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor.
When neighborhoods in Minneapolis were burned to the ground, Kamala Harris helped raise bail money for the people who did it.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 6, 2022
Author, conservative pundit, and BLEXIT founder Candace Owens noted additional hypocrisy on the part of Harris, asserting that Harris and Joe Biden made themselves available to talk freely about the events of January 6, but had relatively little to say after the Biden administration’s disastrous and deadly pullout from Afghanistan:
“Biden and Harris were unavailable to address the nation after they abandoned American citizens and troops to die in Afghanistan.
“But they are fully available to play-pretend about ‘January 6th’.
“The Democrats continue to be a national disgrace.”
Biden and Harris were unavailable to address the nation after they abandoned American citizens and troops to die in Afghanistan.
But they are fully available to play-pretend about “January 6th”.
The Democrats continue to be a national disgrace.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) January 6, 2022
Harris also came under criticism for playing fast and loose with history.
She intoned later in her speech:
“You know, I wonder how will January 6 come to be remembered in the years ahead.
“Will it be remembered as a moment that accelerated the unraveling of the oldest, greatest democracy in the world?”
Setting aside for a moment the fact that the United States is actually a Constitutional republic, Harris apparently ignored centuries of history, which Twitter users were only to happy to point out.
“The oldest and greatest democracy in the world”….. eh??? where did she go to school?”
“The oldest and greatest democracy in the world”….. eh??? where did she go to school?
— A Brit in Texas 🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@JoGibson_Pluis) January 6, 2022
Another threw in a bit of historical perspective, tweeting:
“Kamala Harris on Capital hill ‘we are preserving the greatest and oldest democracy in the world’
“The concepts (and name) of democracy and constitution as a form of government originated in ancient Athens circa 508 B.C.”
Kamala Harris on Capital hill “we are preserving the greatest and oldest democracy in the world”
Oh dear. 🤣
The concepts (and name) of democracy and constitution as a form of government originated in ancient Athens circa 508 B.C.
— Helix (@BermudaS3) January 6, 2022
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Fact check: Kamala Harris repeatedly lied about Afghanistan withdrawal during interview
Originally published December 29, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC –Vice President Kamala Harris stood by President Biden’s chaotic and tragic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan during a televised interview on Sunday while making several false statements trying to place blame on former President Trump for the failures.
Kamala Harris Caught Telling MULTIPLE Lies About Afghanistan During Latest Interview https://t.co/NdfVXLvPCQ
— Eudora surrell (@EudoraSurrell) December 29, 2021
Vice President Harris said during a CBS’s Face the Nation that she “fully supported” President Joe Biden’s pullout, which abandoned American citizens and allies inside the country, trapped by the Taliban.
“I fully supported the president’s decision to after what was taking on the fact of being an endless war, of pulling American troops out, and I think it’s really important to remember that the previous administration negotiated a deal with the Taliban…
“(The Trump administration) did not invite the Afghan government to be at the table and negotiated a deal that- that required and promised as part of an agreement that we would pull out by the end of May.
“So, we were saddled with that responsibility based on an agreement between the United States and the Taliban.”
Kamala Harris Caught Telling MULTIPLE Lies About Afghanistan During Latest Interview https://t.co/Nn5ydCYUK3
— Ben (@cleverly1187) December 28, 2021
However, a Breitbart News politics editor Matthew Boyle report made in September 2020 disproves the Vice President’s claim that the Trump administration failed to invite the Afghan government to the negotiating table. In the report, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said:
“These negotiations follow the Feb. 29 agreement between the United States and Taliban leaders that laid out the framework for U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan…
“… including most importantly a Taliban commitment not to harbor terrorists from groups like al-Qaeda, which they were doing when they were in power before and in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001.”
In the same report, Secretary Pompeo described the deal being sought by the Trump administration at the time, which included conditions to meet any deadline.
He explained there were three requirements set forth by the United States before any agreement for withdrawal would be possible.
— GOBUCKS06 (@foreiron) December 28, 2021
According to Secretary Pompeo, the requirements broadcast to the Taliban and the Afghan government were:
- “There is an obligation they have with respect to foreign terrorist groups — primarily al-Qaeda, but all four terrorist groups — they are not permitted, and the language is very clear that they are not permitted and that they have to break with them.”
- “They have to engage in these conversations in a way that is substantive and not just physically sit in the room, but they need to have serious conversations and begin to work their way through it.”
- “They have a responsibility as part of that to ensure that outside actors don’t act as spoilers for this, and there are many hands who would like to see this undone and would like to see America mired in Afghanistan for another 20 years.”
Pompeo added that the conditions would be monitored by the U.S. to ensure compliance before any agreement was reached:
“Both the Afghan government and the Taliban have a responsibility to prevent that. Those are the conditions, we’ll measure them.
There’s a set of CT metrics that’s pretty clearly laid out. We’ll measure them and the president will make a decision if there’s sufficient compliance to get us to zero.”
"Another reason: The Taliban are deliberately starving ethnic rivals like the #Hazara , refusing to allow them to trade in bazaars in their home province of Bamiyan."
Grindle: Evidence mounts of Afghanistan withdrawal's massive failure https://t.co/h7Gg8urXEF
— Dawood Wassl (@WasslHazara) December 26, 2021
Pompeo also foreshadowed the problems that the Trump administration was trying to avoid, and the Biden administration appears to have failed to consider.
Pompeo said that before any plan on withdrawal could be drawn up, there needed to be plans on how the Afghan government would be assembled, how power would be shared, and what to do about a militarized Taliban:
“In the end, the central challenge is what will the Afghan government look like. What will be the power-sharing arrangement?
This is a challenge anytime you have throughout history insurgencies and other times when nations have civil strife.
“We took al-Qaeda out, and the Taliban still have weapons and the capacity to inflict damage. We made clear to them when I met with them today — the Taliban — that they have an obligation to reduce violence immediately and significantly so these negotiations can proceed.
So, there will be issues of power-sharing and how the government is established at the center of the conversation.”
Suicide bombings outside Kabul airport, killed 12 Marines and one Navy medic, other 18 troops were injured, and at least 90 Afghans were killed too. pic.twitter.com/cHj86sfxQR
— Andy_Dorothy (@AndyDorothy1) August 27, 2021
Vice President Harris admitted during the interview that President Trump’s agreement called for a withdrawal of troops by May.
However, her claim of Trump agreeing to a deadline at the end of May is false. The Trump administration’s deal required all American troops to withdraw by May 1.
If the deadline were not met, the Taliban said they would end a months-long cease-fire.
The Trump administration wanted the May 1 deadline because weather conditions would make any Taliban takeover during the withdrawal difficult.
President Biden did not withdraw until the end of August, during which time the Taliban overran the country and took power.
When President Biden withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban quickly toppled the Afghan government, seized billions of dollars’ worth of American weapons and equipment left behind, and created a scene of Americans fleeing the country at Kabul Airport which has been described as another Saigon, referring to the rushed and panicked flight of Americans out of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
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