Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) on Monday irked critics with his choice of words he used while attacking President Joe Biden on the anniversary of 9/11.
Marshall, during an interview on Fox Business, joined in with conservative outrage toward Biden for not attending the traditional ceremonies marking the terror attacks. Biden instead marked the attacks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, which he visited following the G20 summit in India and a stop in Vietnam.
“I think that a short fuel stop on the way home from a very unsuccessful, embarrassing trip abroad is not the way to celebrate nine, one, one,” Marshall, among the 147 Republicans in Congress who voted to overturn Biden’s 2020 election victory, griped to “Evening Edit” host Elizabeth MacDonald.
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“I think this is totally inappropriate, it shows us how out of touch this current president is. It’s a very sad moment and I just want to stop myself and offer my condolences to all those folks that lost loved ones on 9/11 and let them know that we’re still with you. We’ve not forgotten,” he added.
People on X, formerly Twitter, suggested Marshall’s criticism of Biden was a “nothing-burger.” They also took exception to his use of the word “celebrate” and for referring to the day as “nine, one, one.”
No one should have been "celebrating" 911. It's not a holiday to celebrate. it's a day of rmembrance.— Zorek Richards (@zorekrichards) September 12, 2023
Twisted words. Everything he said is backward. Opposite. It was a successful trip. Reassuring for allies. Refueling & taking meetings in Alaska & visiting AF servicemen was hardly "celebrating".
It was too dull & real for the media to report on. Not enough partisan controversy.
No one "celebrates" 9/11. We remember the evil and horror as we watched it happen.— Deb McD. aka Towanda in SC (@DebMcD007) September 11, 2023
Celebrate?? How do these people survive in the real world? Living in their little bubble of misinformation and lies…— Gilly 🐢 (@HgLoew) September 11, 2023