‘Ton of new friends’: Greenwald notes media’s seismic shift on GWB after speech that fits left’s narrative

Refreshed from a week’s vacation, Fox News host Tucker Carlson highlighted a 9/11 speech by former President George W. Bush that compared the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack to “domestic violence extremism.”

“[W]e have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders, but from violence that gathers within,” Bush said during a ceremony marking the anniversary. “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But then there’s this disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols. They are children of the same foul spirit and it is our continuing duty to confront them.”

Somewhat cowardly, Bush was vague about this domestic threat. Recent history might suggest he was talking about Antifa and rioting Black Lives Matter activists, but the liberal media had no such delusions, interpreting his words to be about the January 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol.

After playing a snippet of Bush’s speech, Tucker said, “Speaking, of course, about the protesters at the Capitol on Jan. 6th, who had no regard for human life, that’s why they killed thousands. Oh, wait, no. Only Ashli Babbitt died and she was shot by a cop.”

Carlson noted that Bush’s remarks made him “a ton of new friends,” these being the same people who have long called the former president a fascist. He then ran a short montage of liberals at CNN and MSNBC “fawning” over the speech.

“These people are graven buffoons and stupid, obviously, but it’s notable they are all saying exactly the same thing,” Carlson said. “It makes you think that everybody’s on the same team and you’re on the wrong team.”

Video: Tucker Carlson Tonight

Guest Glenn Greenwald, an independent journalist, weighed in with specifics to give an accurate refresher on the vile attacks on Bush when he was in office.

“It’s worth remembering… how liberals used to be overflowing with so much hatred and contempt for George Bush,” Greenwald explained. “They frequently compared him to Adolf Hitler, claimed his family was crucial to the Nazi party, claimed — something I agree with — that he was a war criminal who belongs at The Hague. Said he was so filled with racism that he purposely allowed New Orleans to drown because so many black people lived there. And every liberal I know believes George Bush stole at least one election, and maybe even two in 2002 and 2004.”

“So, basically, they concocted the person — you can’t get much worse than that, he added. “Then suddenly, in the Trump years, when he began lightly criticizing Trump, they began saying things like, ‘You know what, I didn’t agree with George Bush all the time, but I never questioned his character, and his values, and his patriotism.'”

All of which turned into a “lovefest” over the weekend, Greenwald posited.

“They dripped with effusive praise for him because what he said there, that essentially the 9/11 attacks that he was there to commemorate are the same as the three-hour riot on January 6th,” he said. “More importantly, that the people who did 9/11, al Qaeda, are similar or identical to — the same foul spirit as he put it — Trump supporters essentially, and they ought to be treated the same.”

Greenwald opined that a “war on terror against your fellow citizens is music to the ears of American liberals, because they want nothing more than a new domestic war on terror, than treating their political adversaries like the Bush administration treated al Qaeda.”

Carlson responded to note that this was “such a lunatic and extreme thing to say.”

“To compare — it’s like Hitler comparisons,” he said. “To compare people’s politics that you don’t like in the United States, who haven’t killed anybody, so far as I know, to Osama bin Laden. Why is that not instantly disqualifying?”

His guest responded to say the left does it because it’s a “political priority.”

“It’s a political priority of the political class to launch a new domestic war on terror,” Greenwald said, pointing out that President Biden made it clear that this would be a top priority before Jan. 6 ever happened.

“It’s demented to compare 9/11 to January 6th,” he concluded. “But it’s so central to the agenda of the security state, the Democratic Party, to essentially initiate a surveillance regime, a detention regime against people on the right who are against the establishment.”


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