Though months of political and public relations disasters have plagued Vice President Kamala Harris and put her aspirations for future public office in serious doubt, it could be that her shameful comparison of the Jan. 6 unrest to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 is what finally sinks her career once and for all.
During a day of melodramatic and hyperbolic commemorations of the protests at the U.S. Capitol a year ago, Harris delivered a speech in which she likened the events of that day to the aforementioned national tragedies that directly caused the deaths and injuries of many thousands of victims, as Fox News reported.
“Certain dates echo throughout history. Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendar but a place in our collective memory,” stated the vice president, who then listed Dec. 7, 1941, Sept. 11, 2001, and Jan. 6 2021 as such pivotal moments in time.
Not content to leave the overblown rhetoric there, Harris continued, musing, “I wonder, how will Jan. 6 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, or a moment when we decided to secure and strengthen our democracy for generations to come?”
Fortunately, it did not take long for searing criticism of Harris’ shameful lack of historical perspective to pour in from all corners, with Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner leading the charge by pointing out the glaring discrepancies in the casualties stemming from the events she cited.
“The Capitol riot was bad, political violence is wrong, & people are being prosecuted for it,” he wrote, adding, “It wasn’t comparable to Pearl Harbor (2,403 sailors, soldiers & civilians killed by the Japanese Empire) nor comparable to 9/11 (2,977 Americans & others killed by Al-Qaeda.) Obviously.”
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro similarly cited the sizable death tolls from the historic attacks referenced by Harris and stacked those against a tally of the deceased resulting from the Capitol protest, writing, “January 6, 2021: 1 American killed (Ashli Babbit),” underscoring the absurdity of the vice president’s attempt at equivalency.
Professional pundits were not the only ones aghast by Harris’ tone-deaf remarks, with 9/11 widow Mary Geraghty saying, “I’m still speechless that our vice president would make that comment,” adding that “there is absolutely no comparison. Insult is too mild a word.”
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) joined those castigating Harris for what he characterized as “fear baiting and truth-twisting at its finest,” and sadly, those tendencies have become hallmarks of this administration’s approach to just about everything, not just its efforts to perpetuate this particularly dishonest narrative.