On the 19th anniversary of September 11, 2001, some used the memory of terrorist attacks against America and compared it to COVID-19 deaths.
On September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon took the lives of 2,977 people. Today, the death toll continues, as some who worked in the aftermath suffer from related illnesses.
While many took the time to remember 9/11 and pay tribute to those lost, others had less-than-thoughtful takes. (RELATED: Here’s Why The Media Is Wrong To Compare Coronavirus Deaths To 9/11)
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman began his 9/11 tribute tweet by claiming that it is “hard to remember how large the terrorist attack loomed in our national psyche” because the death toll from “COVID-19 is already the equivalent of 60 9/11s.”
Overall, Americans took 9/11 pretty calmly. Notably, there wasn’t a mass outbreak of anti-Muslim sentiment and violence, which could all too easily have happened. And while GW Bush was a terrible president, to his credit he tried to calm prejudice, not feed it 2/
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) September 11, 2020