(Updated) Perriello Equates Trump Administration to 9/11

Update 2:40 pm:

The misguided tweets of President Donald Trump have become a parody in and of itself. However, two wrongs certainly do not make a right.

In a recent appearance by Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, Tom Perriello, he compares Trump’s election to 9/11.

“The election of Donald Trump is a little bit like a political and constitutional September 11 for us, to be honest.”

Perriello was at a meet and greet in Afton this past Friday purportedly to “thank him” for his opposition to pipelines in Virginia.

If we’re looking for the hyperbole to stop, this probably is not a way to do it. And it’s certainly not participating in the ever fading “Virginia way.”

Let’s be honest, folks: This administration has had some success, like putting a pause on the Affordable Care Act penalties and nominating Judge Gorsuch, but there have been clearly some missteps (which have been thoroughly covered by the national media). That said, I would hardly characterize the landslide electoral victory as a moral equivalency of losing the lives of more than 3,000 Americans in the most devastating act of terrorism in our history.

Reel it in, Tom.

Related from The Washington Post: Perriello’s efforts at becoming the most “progressive” candidate in the race.

  • Chris

    Landslide electoral victory!

  • MD Russ

    You are right, Jim. Little Tom is taking a page out of Trump’s playbook: post outrageous Tweets and stir up reaction. After all, as you well know, any publicity is good publicity when you are seeking name recognition.

    The smartest approach to take to Perriello is to ignore him. Don’t dispute or discredit his ridiculous statements, just ignore him. If the Republicans had done that to Donald Trump in 2015-16, we would have President Kasich in the White House today.

    • Jakejd

      It was a speech, not a tweet. And others publicized it, not him. So it’s like Trump how? Oh, right — it’s not.

      • MD Russ

        Very shallow analysis. Sad. Very sad.

        • Jakejd

          I’m not going to take seriously a 6 word rebuttal (1 word used twice) that my analysis is “shallow,” lol. Nice try, though.

          Since when are you cons the word police, anyway? Time to take a long look in the mirror.

          • MD Russ

            And I am not going to take seriously a comment posted under an anonymous ID. Nice try, LOL. Come back and have a discussion when you grow a pair and are willing to identify yourself.

          • Jakejd

            I’m sorry, is my use of my name “Jake” somehow more anonymous than your use of the name “Russ?” Lol. Do you even know what irony is? Maybe this will help: you first.

            Also, this is the internet, and in case you aren’t aware, your side is crazy about making death and rape threats, constant call campaigns, and genuinely criminal behavior — all because someone disagrees with them in cyberspace. I think I’ll take more seriously the possibility that you are deranged and dangerous than the possibility that you want “my name” so you can then believe me.

            As for taking my comments seriously — a little too late for that, bub.

  • Jakejd

    He shouldn’t have apologized, and the uproar from those who have defended Trump’s idiotic statements is rich. It’s. A. Metaphor. He didn’t “compare it” to 9/11. He didn’t imply that it’s “as bad” as 9/11. He said it is a “political 9/11.” I.e., from the perspective of American politics, it is a disaster (whether or not you agree with that is irrelevant) and a cultural turning point. By way of metaphor, it will have as big an impact on political and constitutional culture as 9/11 did on American civic and security culture.

    He should have stuck to the Trump playbook and doubled down.

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