Former President George W. Bush on Saturday seemingly compared “violent extremists at home” to the Al Qaeda terrorists responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The comparison was widely reported as a thinly veiled allusion to those Americans who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
While commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, which happened during his first presidential term, Bush warned of “growing evidence” that terrorism threats do not only come from abroad.
“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 is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home.”
“But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit. And it is our continuing duty to confront them,” he continued.