Former Republican strategist Matthew Dowd
said on Tuesday that the Jan. 6 attack
on the United States Capitol
by pro-Trump insurgents was worse for the country than the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“Because there has been no accountability, it has given permission to do more of this,” Dowd said on MSNBC
. “And not only has it given permission to just average people
out there who might do crazy things, but it has allowed the Republicans
to continue this big lie
that they have pushed across.”
Dowd, who served as chief strategist for President
George W. Bush's reelection campaign in 2004, said he recently visited Abraham Lincoln's birthplace, where he reflected on the 16th president's warning that America
would be destroyed from within.
“That’s what I’m concerned about right now,” Dowd added.
“What would have happened if we had done nothing after 9/11?” “To me, though there was less loss of life on January 6th, January 6th was worse than 9/11 because it has continued to rip our country apart and give permission for people to pursue autocratic means, and I believe we are in a much worse place than we have been.”
“I believe we are living in the most dangerous period since 1861 and the outbreak of the Civil War
,” he added.
More of Dowd's remarks are available below:
on the Capitol insurgency: "...Jan. 6 was worse than 9/11 because it continued to rip our country apart and gave people permission to pursue autocratic means." #TheReidOut #reiders pic.twitter.com/41iSwYbEzZ — The ReidOut (@thereidout) July 6, 2021