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On the day Americans marked the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by radicalized Islamic terrorists, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel penned an op-ed reminding us of the importance of first responders.
Noting that Sept. 11 is a solemn day, McDaniel recalled the horror of that fateful day.
“It’s a day when we traditionally reflect and remember the lives cut far too short and pray for the families who continue to mourn the loss of nearly 3,000 loved ones,” she wrote. “Even now, almost two decades removed from the worst terrorist attack on American soil, the images of 9/11 are imprinted on our national memory as if it was yesterday.”
“America is at its best when our citizens — regardless of background or belief — put their differences aside and band together in times of unprecedented trial.” –@GOPChairwoman https://t.co/fXcM8UD3wZ
— GOP (@GOP) September 11, 2020
One of those indelible memories is the role first responders played, and the many who died in service to their community.
“Firefighters and police officers rushing into burning buildings,” McDaniel observed. “First responders working past the point of exhaustion. Americans risking their own lives to save the lives of others, often complete strangers.”
(The New York City Fire Department had 343 firefighters lose their lives, while the New York Police Department lost 23 officers, along with 37 Port Authority officers.)
— National Police Association (@NatPoliceAssoc) September 11, 2020
Citing a similar “spirit of unity,” McDaniel called attention to the more recent effort to fight the coronavirus, before turning to the left’s ongoing campaign to undermine law enforcement.
“But amidst a global pandemic and nationwide shutdown, another threat to our safety has arisen — this time not from an enemy from a distant land, but from anarchists and rioters in our own backyards,” she said.
We remember the thousands who lost their lives 19 years ago today.
We also honor those who are fighting and have lost their battles with 9/11 related illnesses, including members of the New York State Police.
We will never forget. pic.twitter.com/UcqpoFZs1Z
— NewYorkStatePolice (@nyspolice) September 11, 2020
In response to the Black Lives Matter riots that have swept across the country, first responders once again find themselves at risk as they rush toward danger.
“Turning social unrest into violent crime, these anarchists have taken lives, decimated neighborhoods and ransacked businesses,” the chairwoman said. “Once more, brave first responders have sprung into action to protect their communities — this time without the warm welcome they were greeted with in crises past.”
“Our nation’s heroes — our police officers — are working around the clock to protect our neighborhoods, only to be shouted down, spat on, and much worse, by some of their fellow Americans,” McDaniel said. “It should go without saying, but our support for those who keep us safe should also extend to our nation’s police officers and law enforcement officials.”
Instead, she pointed out, “it has become fashionable in some circles to criticize law enforcement to serve some sort of political agenda.”
Citing today’s “antipathy and downright hostility towards police,” McDaniel said this is “not something that should be ignored or taken lightly.”
“Even in the midst of a campaign season, there are some issues that should be above the partisan fray,” she wrote. “Affirming our support for law enforcement should be one of them, and we should question any leader who doesn’t.”
Falling back on the “great American spirit” that has united the country before during troubling times, McDaniel called on Americans to “back the blue who protect us and defend our great nation.”
The great irony in all of this is that even when the left set up so-called “autonomous zones” and banned cops, when trouble comes they still call the police for help.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter that share the view that police officers play a vital role in our country and need to be adequately funded.
I hope you all are paying attention. 19 years ago today 9/11/2001 we were attacked. 8 years ago today 9/11/2012 were were attacked. And today we are being asked to defund our police which is our 911 distress center. Pay attention. And fight like hell to not let that happen!
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) September 11, 2020
Not one NFL player ran into the WTC on 911. Remember that. Cops did. pic.twitter.com/iT0k4h0vPZ
— brobert545 (@brobert545) September 11, 2020
As Americans reflect today on 9/11, just remember it was a time when this country stood up for the police. The same police officers that ran to help people are the ones being demonized by mobs on the streets.
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 11, 2020
— ELLI EASTWOOD (@redviolet1458) September 11, 2020
Most of the rich white kids out there protesting the police aren’t even old enough to remember what happened that day.
— JessBlane1122 (@blane1122) September 11, 2020
It's extraordinary that less than a generation of the 9/11 attacks we are seeing contempt from elected leaders toward police, and calls from officials within a major political party to defund or abolish them. God bless the men and women of law enforcement, who rush toward danger.
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) September 11, 2020
The terrorists who tried to destroy America on 9-11, would be proud of the terrorists trying to destroy America today.
— Jaguar (@syaSsmadAttocS) September 11, 2020
On September 11 2001 the world watched in horror as our freedom was attacked.The next day the world watched us come together to prove the American spirit is stronger than any challenge. We swore we would never forget. Our firefighters, police and first responders were our Heroes pic.twitter.com/2vG31Qxgu8
— ray evernham (@RayEvernham) September 11, 2020
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