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Virginia GOP, Perriello, Northam, Gillespie Get Into It Over Comparison of Trump Election to 9/11


Looks like the Virginia governor’s race is heating up, both on the Republican and Democratic sides. Check out the following flurry of tweets following Perriello’s remarks that “The election of Donald Trump is a little bit like a political and constitutional September 11 for us, to be honest.” Also check out the RPV’s super-rapid-response website, which says in the usual over-the-top RPV style:

Just when you thought the socialist left could not get any lower, they prove you wrong! Tom Perriello, a leading Democrat candidate for Governor and one of Obama’s closest allies, just made news by comparing Trump’s election to the 9/11 attacks. This is beyond the pale! Disgusting! Outrageous! Sign our petition to demand Tom Perriello apologize to victims of the 9/11 attacks for his insane remarks.

Uh, ok. Meanwhile, of course, we haven’t seen this outrage by Republicans regarding all the bizarre/crazy/offensive things Trump said about 9/11. See following the tweets for more on that. also note that, as Perriello – who apologized almost immediately for his remarks, as he should have – points out, Republicans have certainly not condemned Trump’s “immoral and unconstitutional Muslim ban” — or, I’d add, the many other bigoted, crazy, offensive, etc. things Trump has said/done over the past few years (e.g., pushing “birtherism,” attacking a Hispanic-American judge, getting caught making disgustingly misosynistic remarks, you name it).  Finally, if you want a good laugh, check out the whining on the Republican Party of Virginia’s Twitter feed about how the Washington Post hasn’t covered this intensively or critically enough.

Regarding Trump’s comments on 9/11, how about his crazy/false claim that “I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down?” Or how about Trump bragging, just a few hours after the attacks, that “his 71-story building blocks away from the now-collapsed twin towers…’actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest—and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it’s the tallest.’” Gack. And then there’s this: “At a Wednesday morning campaign event in Bluffton, SC, Donald Trump takes his relitigation of the Bush administration’s record on 9/11 and Iraq to the next level, seeming to imply that we don’t currently know who ‘really’ committed the 9/11 attacks.” Gack. So…any comment on any of that, Ed Gillespie, Virginia GOP, etc?

  • stuckinthewoods

    Perriello doesn’t have anything to apologize for. His analogy was weak since the “election” of Trump was a self-inflicted wound rather than an outside attack, but needs no apology.
    Those that have concern for the victims of 9/11 should reflect on Trump’s pleasure that the destruction of the Towers left his building the tallest and Trump’s theft of $150,000 meant for recovery.

  • Elaine Owens

    Tom Perriello may have made what could be his “macaca” moment. Even though many Democrats can perhaps forgive a very unfortunate comparison, many other Virginians won’t, including many Democrats. More people died on 9/11 than at Pearl Harbor. It was just the second attack on our homeland since the Civil War. I fear the consequences of Trump’s election to the Oval Office, but it was no 9/11 politically. I’m just speaking for myself, but Tom lost my vote in the primary with that comment. He’s really stretching if he thinks he’s the only one to rouse Virginians against Trump.

    • A_Siegel

      I have to say that this is a truly extreme reaction.
      1. All I’ve seen are GOP outtakes & GOP outrage. Have you seen more than that partial clip material.
      2. Here are the words: “This election was a little like a political and constitutional September 11th …” To me, that reads the sort of thing that a ‘thoughtful professor’ might say to spark thinking/conversation in a graduate seminar. Thus, I would like to have more context before expressing outrage.
      3. Re that analogy, many use 9/11 as an analogy/example of “Black Swan” event — a (mainly unexpected) shock to system that can spark massive reaction/change. Within that context, how is Tom’s comment wrong?
      4. Btw, even including the (false-hood heavy … #AlternativeFacts) disastrous leveraging of 9/11 for invading Iraq (and undermining of the US economy, death/injury of 1000s of Americans and 100,000s of others), it is quite possible that the Trump regime will have more destructive implications for the United States (whether economic strength, democracy, international relations, equality, health care, environmental, etc …) than did 9/11.

      • Elaine Owens

        Political ads don’t have context. My point is that, just as great use was made by us of a brief clip of George Allen saying, “Macaca,” the possible ads against Tom will not be thoughtful. People don’t always respond to thoughtful analysis. They respond to feelings. It’s time we Democrats learn that. If we didn’t have an equally fine candidate in Ralph Northam, I would react differently. However, we do. I’m open to changing my mind based on what happens in the future.

        • BH

          “Macaca” was a made up word that upon looking long and hard the Washington Post discovered s was actually a word in some African countries. Probably less than 1% of the American people knew of the word before the Post used it in their mission to take down Allen. So your analysis is true, Democrats don’t want to look for the truth, they take whatever the media feed them.

          • Elaine Owens

            George Allen’s mother was raised in a Jewish community in North Africa. The word, “macaca” is a slur word used by whites in North Africa to refer to black Africans. It roughly translates into “monkey.” Could Allen have heard that word from his mother or maternal grandfather? Yes. It is not a made-up word, any more than the N-word. They both mean the same thing. If you want to defend Republicans by your comments, get your facts straight.

          • The problem is, if people like “BH” got their facts straight, they couldn’t possibly defend Republicans.

          • Elaine Owens

            I couldn’t agree more. Poor trolls. They have to continue to spout their “fake news.”

  • BH

    Mr. Perriello, what “unconstitutional Muslim ban” are you talking about? I haven’t heard of any Muslim ban. I did, however, hear about a temporary ban on immigrants from 7 countries of concern that were so identified by the Obama administration. As you are aware, officials from security departments in the Obama administration testified before Congress that vetting of individuals from these countries could not be validated as accurate. Nothing was done by that administration to correct the problem. Since the Democrats in the Senate have refused to allow confirmation of his cabinet picks, he had no other choice than to impose the ban to allow time to put in place proper vetting procedures. My guess is that you never took the time to read the order, simply taking your cue from the national media.