Violent extremists in the United States and abroad are “children of the same foul spirit,” former President George W. Bush said in his speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.
The former president gave a speech in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where he recounted the heroism of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, which crashed into a field after its passengers and crew fought the hijackers to prevent another attack.
In the speech, Bush likened domestic extremists to foreign terrorists who attacked the U.S. 20 years ago.
“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders, but from violence that gathers within,” Bush said.
“There’s little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” he continued.
The former president said domestic and foreign extremists share a “disdain for pluralism,” a “disregard for human life,” and a determination to defile national symbols, appearing to reference the January 6 Capitol riot.
The former president had previously said that the Capitol riot left him “sick to his stomach” and said that he was “still disturbed” for weeks following the insurrection.