Experts have widely interpreted the remarks made by former President George W. Bush on Saturday as a condemnation of those who participated in the Capitol uprising last January. But the latest news brings other possibilities. Last weekend, at a 9/11 memorial service for the heroes of Flight 93, Mr. Bush said:
And we have seen increasing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only from across borders, but also from violence that gathers there. There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their contempt for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same evil spirit. And it is our ongoing duty to face them.
on Monday Column noted that Byron York is among those who interpret the statements as an endorsement of the idea “that there is an equivalence between the hijackers, murderous terrorists of September 11, 2001, and the Capitol rioters of January 6, 2021 – a comparison that does not constitute a basis, but has done a lot to acidify the national debate. “