September 11 is a date that will forever be treated by Americans as a solemn day for remembrance and those lost to the shocking terrorist attacks of 2001 that shook the world.
Every year since that date politicians and millions of others across the United States have paid their respects to those who lost their lives on that fateful day with even Donald Trump managing to saying something respectful.
Speaking at a memorial event on the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, an event also attended by Joe Biden, the president said:
To the family members of Flight 93: today every heartbeat in America is wedded to yours. Your pain and anguish is the shared grief of our whole nation. The memory of your treasured loved ones will inspire America for all time to come. The heroes of Flight 93 are an everlasting reminder that no matter the danger, no matter the threat, no matter the odds, America will always rise up, stand tall and fight back.
However, while his speech in Pennsylvania hit all the right notes, what he said at a White House event honouring Sergeant Major Thomas Payne who received the Congressional Medal of Honour, Trump didn't manage to avoid scrutiny. At one point in his address, Trump claimed that 9/11 was unlike any attack the US had ever experienced, which seems a little disrespectful to the victims of other attacks the US had suffered such as Pearl Habour.
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Away from the podiums, Trump, as always, was quite active on social media. As well as sharing videos of his 9/11 speeches and news of peace between Israel and Bahrain, Trump also shared congratulatory messages to JP Morgan for getting their employees to come back to work and various videos that praised him or anything he could find the criticise the Democrats.
Yes, that last video, which isn't new at all, was shared by the president of the United States on a 9/11 anniversary. We get the sentiment but come on...
To really hit things home, CNN aired a damning video of all the lies and disparaging things that Trump had said in the aftermath of the attack.
In comparison, Trump's election opponent, Joe Biden took the day off from campaigning and used it to pay respect to those that lost their lives 19 years ago.
Joe Biden says, "I’m not going to be talking about anything other than 9/11. It’s a solemn day, and that’s how we’r… https://t.co/QWZZCkNgMy
Biden later visited a Volunteer Fire Department in Shanksville who he had first met in 2014, when he was still vice president. Eight years ago he had promised to bring them beer and finally come through on that vow.
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