(CBrief) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to take a veiled swipe at political foes.
After stating last week that she would never campaign for president again her next move appears to be going after whoever stands in the Democrat Party’s way.
The 2016 Democrat presidential nominee appeared on theCNN show “State of The Union’ on Sunday and, as she recounted the events of the terrorist attacks she said as a nation we must “deal with extremism of any kind.”
“We have also, I think, been reminded about how important it is to try to deal with extremism of any kind, especially when it uses violence to try to achieve political and ideological goals,” she said. “So I’m one who thinks that there are lessons still to be learned from what happened to us on 9/11 that we should be very aware of during this time in our country and the world’s history.”
Clinton, who was a Democrat Senator representing New York when the attacks happened, remembered how Republicans and Democrats got behind Republican President George W. Bush during that time of crisis.
“All of America’s elected officials really genuinely put party aside and came together after those attacks. Would that be possible today?” host Dana Bash said.
“Well, I hope that it will be, and I give President Biden a lot of credit for trying to continue to reach out to people while still sounding the alarm about the threats to our democracy,” the former Secretary of State said.
“I remember very well, two days after I gave that interview, being in the Oval Office with then-President Bush, who asked me what we needed, and I told him we needed $20 billion to rebuild New York and he said, ‘You got it.’ And he was good to his word, and there were all kinds of political conversations about that, but he never wavered,” she said. “And I wish now that people would come together behind President Biden, who is doing an amazing job trying to rebuild our manufacturing sector, trying to deal with climate change, expand health care, all the other things, including trying to do something about gun violence that the vast majority of Americans approve of.”
“So we are in a funny position, Dana, because there’s a small, but very vocal, very powerful, very determined minority who wants to impose their views on all the rest of us,” she said. “And it’s time for everybody, regardless of party to say, ‘No, that’s not who we are as America.’”
And she was not the only Democrat to use the occasion to take veiled swipes at their opponents, as President Joe Biden appeared to do the same when he gave a speech outside of the Pentagon where he said Americans “owe it” to the victims of 9/11 to defend democracy weeks after he labeled “MAGA Republicans” a threat to democracy.
“It’s not enough to gather and remember each September 11th those we lost more than two decades ago,” Biden said in his remarks. “Because on this day, it is not about the past, it’s about the future,” the president said, The Daily Mail reported.
“We have an obligation, a duty, a responsibility to defend, preserve and protect our democracy,” he said. “The very democracy that defends the right to freedom that those terrorists on 9/11 sought to bury in the burning fire and smoke and ash. And that takes a commitment on the part of all of us.”
“American democracy depends on the habits of the heart of we the people,” he said in the rain. “It’s not enough to stand up for democracy once a year, or every now and then – something we have to do every single day.”
“This is a day not only to remember, but a day of renewal and resolve for each and every American. And our devotion to this country – to the principles and the bodies – to our democracy – that is who we owe those remembered today,” the president said.
“That is what we owe one another. And that is what we owe future generations of Americans to come,” he said.
“’I have no doubt we will do this,” he said. “We will meet this significant responsibility. We’ll secure our democracy together – as one American, the United States of America.’