President Obama took to Twitter this morning to share a powerful message for the American people, honoring the thousands of people lost in the terrible 9/11 terror attacks, reminding us to not let ourselves sacrifice our freedoms and our values to fear.
We remember everyone we lost on 9/11 and honor all who defend our country and our ideals. No act of terror will ever change who we are.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 11, 2017
His remarks stand in a sharp contrast to those of President Trump, who was more concerned with “vanquishing enemies” and appearing “strong” rather than honoring those lost.
“Our values will endure. Our people will thrive. Our nation will prevail and the memory of our loved ones will never, ever die.
The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit. But America cannot be intimidated, and those who try will soon join the list of vanquished enemies who dared to test our mettle.”
His bellicose words speak to Trump’s obsession with the superficial appearance of “strength” and his excitement at the thought of causing violence, of wreaking death and destruction in order to proclaim American superiority over all others – sentiments which got us into this mess in the first place.
President Obama’s words are a subtle jab at President Trump, who has used fearmongering about terrorism to justify some appallingly un-American policies, like his multiple efforts to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
It’s clear that Donald Trump has not learned the lessons of 9/11.