Monday has been a busy day for the gang at “Fox & Friends.” Having already let Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defend Confederate memorials on the show, the crew turned to presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway for her remembrances of September 11.
And if she threw in a little snark about how gosh-darn divided the country is these days, as opposed to the days after 9/11, well, that's OK, too:
“We also should remember all the acts of heroism and camaraderie that sprung up because the post-9/11 camaraderie seems to be wanting these days. So maybe here and there, whether it's hurricane recovery, reflecting on 9/11, all of these nonpartisan issues starving for bipartisan moments of reflection and solution, today's a good day for that, if I may.”
I would humbly suggest, if I may, that the “post-9/11 camaraderie” for which Conway is so nostalgic preceded the country being stuck in a war in Afghanistan for 16 years with no end in sight, the Bush administration lying its way into another useless war in Iraq that killed and maimed thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians, Katrina, the rise in influence in our political system of the hard right, and eight years of unprecedented Republican obstruction of a Democratic president's agenda.
To name just a few.
But above all, one reason for the lack of post-9/11-type camaraderie right now stems from the election of Conway's boss, Donald Trump, the most divisive president perhaps of the last 100 years.
It was only a month ago that the president was caping for and refusing to denounce the white supremacists who marched in support of Confederate monuments. To say nothing of his unleashing immigration authorities to terrorize people with threats of deportation, his stance on “Dreamers,” his pushing of his unpopular Trumpcare, his travel ban, and his promotion of people like Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller to work in the White House.
Every event is political in some way when politicians are involved. A president is judged on how he reacts to the same type of allegedly nonpartisan events Conway refers to, like hurricane recovery and, yes, even remembrances of 9/11.
In fact, here is Conway herself making Hillary Clinton's illness during a 9/11 memorial one year ago today into a political cudgel to beat up her boss's opponent in the campaign, instead of, say, suggesting that good wishes for a person's recovery from sickness transcend partisan politics.
Watch the whole “Fox & Friends” segment with Conway below.
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