‘They used airplanes into towers. Now people can use the click of a computer key in St. Petersburg, Russia to attack…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who caucuses with Democrats, compared to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to the September 11th terrorist attack, which left more than 3,000 Americans dead.
Speaking to first responders at a Maine fire station, King said 9/11 was just “the beginning of an attack that’s continuing today.”
17 years later, we still grieve. This morning, I joined Maine people at fire stations in Auburn and Lewiston to pay tribute to the lives lost on September 11th, as well as the first responders who rushed into action that fateful day. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/7E9KDeR5IW
— Senator Angus King (@SenAngusKing) September 11, 2018
“They used airplanes into towers,” he said. “Now people can use the click of a computer key in St. Petersburg, Russia to attack.”
He said Russian meddling was “the same kind of attack today that occurred in 2011.”
Although Russian meddling has been proven, it’s also been show to be completely ineffective at significantly impacting the election’s outcome.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, appointed to investigate the interference, said Russians used cyber-attacks, like divisive social media postings and fake accounts, called bots.
A Republican candidate challenging King for his Senate seat blasted the “moderate” Democrat for his comments, saying the two events are “incomparable.”
“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,” state Sen. Eric Brakey said in a statement. “The two things are simply incomparable and reflect the deranged thinking of Angus and his liberal allies.”
Brakey said King should issue an apology immediately.
“Sen. King’s crass statements are an insult to the victims, their families, and our first responders,” Brakey said. “King should retract his statement immediately and apologize for his shameful remarks.”