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Hillary Clinton said Sunday that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks serve as a grim reminder that the United States must “deal with extremism of any kind.”
During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the former secretary of state told anchor Dana Bash that there are still lessons to be learned from 9/11.
“I think, we’ve also been reminded of how important it is to try to tackle any kind of extremism, especially when it uses violence to achieve political and ideological goals,” Clinton said. “So I’m the one who thinks that there are still lessons to be learned from what happened to us on 9/11 that we should be very aware of during this time in the history of our country and the world.”
Clinton recalled what it was like to be a senator from New York at the time of the attacks and how Republicans and Democrats were able to rally behind President George W. Bush in a way the country had not seen.
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Bash asked Clinton, “All of America’s elected officials really put the party aside and came together after those attacks. Would that be possible today?”
Clinton responded, “Well, I hope it will, and I give President Biden a lot of credit for continuing to try to reach the people while raising the alarm about the threats to our democracy.”
“I remember well, two days after that interview, being in the Oval Office with then-President Bush, who asked me what we needed, and I told him we needed $20 billion to rebuild New York. And he said, ‘You got it.’ And he kept his word, and there were all kinds of political talks about him, but he never wavered,” he continued. “And I now want people to come together behind President Biden, who’s doing an amazing job trying to rebuild our manufacturing sector, trying to tackle climate change, trying to expand health care.” Doing, all the other things, including trying to do something about guns. Violence that most Americans accept.”
“So we are in an awkward position, Dana, because there is a small, but very vocal, very powerful, very determined minority that wants to impose its views on all of us,” she said. “And it’s time for everyone, regardless of party, to say, ‘No, this is not who we are as America.
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Clinton’s comments on the 21st anniversary of 9/11 come amid a new messaging strategy from President Biden and the White House, with former President Donald Trump calling so-called “MAGA Republicans” or conservative members of Congress a threat to the country. has been aligned. ,
“They refuse to accept the will of the people,” Biden said Thursday night at a Democratic National Committee meeting in Maryland. “They are a threat to our democracy.”