Two Things to Not Be Doing on 9/11 Anniversary

This Saturday will mark 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans. President Biden will be commemorating the anniversary in an appropriate manner, as The Washington Post reported last weekend:

Biden will travel to New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at all three sites where they occurred, the White House announced Saturday.

Biden will be accompanied by first lady Jill Biden when he visits Lower Manhattan in New York City; Shanksville, Pa.; and the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., where planes crashed after terrorists hijacked them Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people.

Last Friday, Biden signed an executive order authorizing the release of classified government documents relating to 9/11 investigations, which is something that he had promised to do while campaigning for the White House in 2020.

Former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time of the attacks, will be in Shanksville, PA with wife Laura Bush on Saturday. Former President Barack Obama will recognize the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by visiting New York City.

This is a real thing.

As for former President Donald Trump, he has some different plans for Saturday. As CBS News explains:

On the day other ex-presidents visit memorial sites to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, former President Trump will be providing commentary on a boxing match between former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort.

Donald Trump Jr. will join his father during the Triller Fight Club evening matchup in Hollywood, Florida. The Trumps’ “unfiltered boxing commentary” and match will be available on Pay-Per-View and FITE, according to a press release.

There are two things you need to understand about what Donald Trump and Don Jr. will be doing on Saturday: 1) They will provide commentary for the entire four-fight telecast on an “alternate” broadcast, which means they aren’t even going to be the primary event voices, and 2) The main event is a gimmick boxing match between a soon-to-be 59-year-old former boxer and a 44-year-old former MMA fighter. The winner of the main event won’t be any closer to earning a professional boxing title than you or your neighbor.

(NOTE: Holyfield is only on the card as a replacement for recently un-retired fighter Oscar De La Hoya, who was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. This entire event was supposed to take place in California but was moved to Florida over the weekend after the California State Athletic Commission REFUSED TO SANCTION THE BOUT on account of the fact that Holyfield is an old man who hasn’t boxed since 2011).

Trump has rightly been getting roasted on social media for his 9/11 plans. CNN’s Chris Cillizza called it “the single most Donald Trump thing Donald Trump has ever done”:

When I first heard that Donald Trump — you know, the former President of the United States — was going to provide ringside commentary for a boxing match featuring former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, I figured it was a prank. When I found out that the event was set for September 11 — the 20th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil in history — I was sure it was a prank.

It’s not a prank.

This is the guy that the Republican Party is still devoted to following despite his 2020 re-election loss? Really? REALLY?

Tom Tancredo

Anyway, this isn’t the only completely-inappropriate thing that a Republican is doing on Saturday. As Ernest Luning reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman:

Republican Erik Aadland plans to kick off his 2022 campaign for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat on Saturday at a rally in Lakewood headlined by former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo.

A decorated Army combat veteran who joined the GOP this spring, Aadland is one of four Republicans running for the nomination to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who is seeking a third term in next year’s election. It’s his first run for office.

Aadland told Colorado Politics that he’s formally launching his campaign on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks because of the date’s importance. [Pols emphasis]

That’s right! “This guy” is hosting former Congressman Tom Tancredo to kick off his campaign for U.S. Senate in Colorado on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The preceding sentence is a string of words that should have never been written or read by anyone, ever. Unfortunately, everything in this entire post is true.

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Seems appropriate.  One "used-to-be" facing a "wanna-be" in a ring, with commentary from a "used-to-be" and his son, a "wanna-be."

    Neither the fighters or the commentators are likely to be sanctioned in California.


  2. Early Worm says:

    But Biden looked at his watch. Obama is a Muslim. Clinton lied about sex. And Trump says that G. W. Bush sucks. And they are all secret deep state, socialist, communist, fascist, anarchist. And the Republican party is totally not a cult. Quit saying that.

  3. Gilpin Guy says:

    Trump and son hustling change from the rubes seems like the most natural of ways for them to spend the day honoring the victims and heroes of that day.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    For something actually informative and enlightening, and well worth two hours of your time, may I suggest viewing the season premier of Frontline (originally aired on PBS last night) — America After 9/11

    With extraordinary access to key participants and decision-makers, this two-hour documentary special from acclaimed FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team traces the response to the terror attacks and the compromises and consequences for American democracy across four presidencies.

    “Our new documentary offers a powerful historical record of how 9/11 ushered in an era of fear, mistrust and division in America — one that would ultimately see the Capitol once again being targeted, and democracy itself coming under assault,” says Michael.

    With his team, Michael has made more than 30 documentaries chronicling 9/11; the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations; and the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.


    • kwtree says:

      I’m watching the “Memory Box- Echoes of 9-11” special on MSNBC. 
      It’s a good way to remember the day. Or Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9-11” for the big picture. 

      I was teaching 6th graders that day. We watched the buildings fall  on a computer screen. “Are they gonna bomb us here, too?,” a child asked. I said No, but I didn’t know. Nobody knew. 

      Later that day, schools closed and they sent everyone home, not knowing if this was indeed the start of a war. 

      What were you all doing on 9-11?

      • notaskinnycook says:

        We were getting dressed when the announcement of the first plane came over the radio. I hollered down the stairs to our houseguest, who was watching a movie, “Turn on CNN!” The next thing I heard was “Holy fuck!” from downstairs. He was a travel agent at the time, so he hurried to work to clean up the inevitable mess that was waiting for him. Karen went to work, but they sent everyone right back home. We stared, stunned, at the T.V. for the rest of the day.

  5. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    The Trumps just can't help themselves; the classy just naturally oozes out of them.

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