This is one of those times where you're drinking a pumpkin spiced latte, or black coffee straight up, and you read a gaudy headline thinking "this can't be real."
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Then you clicked it, realized you're not one of the two famous satire sites, The Onion and the Babylon Bee, and realize that what you're reading is seriously legit.
This is one of those times.
Had I been drinking coffee right now, then I would either spit on my keyboard or I'd drop my mug in slow motion like they do in overdramatic movie scenes.
What we have here is a sitting United States senator comparing the Russian hacking incidents to that of the 9/11 terror attacks in which nearly 3,000 people perished, not to mention those who lost their lives indirectly years later due to trauma or another medical condition that later turned up as a result of the attack.
Low and behold, it's Senator Angus King. He's an Independent from Maine who was talking at a September 11 Remembrance event in Lewiston, Maine. If this was his way to remember the fallen, then I'm not so sure it worked. If this was his way to go viral and let the rest of the country outside of Maine know that he exists, then he succeeded.
He just became an overnight celebrity for the wrong reason.
As per Breitbart, "They used airplanes into towers,” King said of the 19 hijackers who carried out the terror attacks. “Now people can use the click of a computer key in St. Petersburg, Russia to attack,” the lawmaker continued, later adding, “It’s an attack that continues and it’s the same kind of attack today that occurred in 2001."
It's not quite the same kind of attack that occurred in 2001. I think we can all peacefully agree on that.
Let's see. Some Russians pressing buttons on a computer or two massive planes flying into the Twin Towers and murdering thousands? Which one is worse?
We all know the answer to that, but does Senator Angus King know? Does he realize how un-American and inconsiderate he sounds while making this wild tangent comparison? This is absurd? If he wants to make a point and say that hackers can dismantle something with a few button pushes, then fine. Say that. But does it compare to a group of terrorists hijacking several planes and crashing them into buildings? Not quite.
Perhaps he can think about the lives lost because of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, and the horror that everyone experienced next time he talks about Russian hacks.
Not all things are comparable to each other, especially these two completely and vastly different incidents.
Republican Senator Eric Brakey condemned the comments made by King.
“I am appalled that Angus King, on today of all days, compared the brutal terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the murder of over 3,000 innocent Americans to Russian computer hackers. The two things are simply incomparable, and reflect the deranged thinking of Angus and his liberal allies.
“Sen. King’s crass statements are an insult to the victims, their families and our first responders. King should retract his statement immediately and apologize for his shameful remark.”