Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis slammed the people who compared the Capitol siege last year to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He described the comparison as an “insult to the people” who were going into the Twin Towers.
“It's interesting how everything in our society becomes very politicized, and so today – honestly, I'm not going to watch any of it – you're going to see the D.C./New York media, this is their Christmas, Jan. 6,” DeSantis stated.
He made the remarks following reporters asking him about his feelings in connection to the anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, incident.
“They are going to take this and milk this for anything they could to smear anyone who ever supported Donald Trump,” DeSantis went on to say.
He then compared the incident to an attack in which he managed to survive a couple of years ago. This was when several members of the Republican party faced attempted assassination by a disgruntled supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I just look back and compare when I was in Congress, one event we faced was the attempted assassination of Republican members of Congress during a baseball game,” the Florida governor said.
On June 14, 2017, a number of Republican Congress members were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game. On that day, James Hodgkinson fired into the baseball field, causing injuries to U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, along with three others.
“I was actually on the field. The guy, who was a Bernie Sanders guy, was definitely a politically motivated attack, came up, pulled his van, and we didn't think anything of it. We walked out to go to the car, and we came in contact with him,” DeSantis recounted.
He also said, “He wanted to know if it was Republicans out there. We get in the car, leave, and then we find out he shoots up a bunch of people. If you do not have the Capitol Police there, you probably would have a dozen people assassinated.”
“Look, if you obstruct a proceeding, all about holding people accountable. If you're rioting, hold them accountable,” DeSantis noted about the media coverage.
“But let's just be clear here: When they try to act like this is something akin to the September 11 attacks, that is an insult to the people that were going into those buildings.”