Three Weeks in, the Trump Presidency Has Been Compared to Watergate, 9/11, and Pearl Harbor


President Trump has been in office for less than a month, and Democrats and the media have already compared his presidency to Watergate, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Pearl Harbor.

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman compared the election of Donald Trump to al Qaeda's coordinated terror attacks against the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we were attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and we were attacked on Nov. 8, 2016," Friedman wrote on Tuesday. "That most recent attack didn't involve a horrible loss of lives, but it was devastating in its own way."

Jason Johnson, politics editor for The Root magazine, agreed with Friedman.

"I completely agree with that," Johnson responded when asked if he agreed with Friedman's comparison. "That is a 9/11 danger to the sovereignty of the United States, and it falls right on the desk of President Trump."

Johnson was referring to the danger posed by Trump's alleged ties to Russia.

Former congressman and Democratic candidate to be Virginia's governor, Tom Perriello, said the election of Donald Trump was a "political 9/11."

"The election of Donald Trump was a little bit like, you know, a political and constitutional September 11 for us, if I can be honest," Perriello said.

There are at least two current Democratic members of Congress who have floated the possibility that Trump has committed treason. Reps. Seth Moulton (D., Mass.) and Brenden Boyle (D., Pa.) suggested that if officials in the Trump administration coordinated with Russia to release hacked emails during the presidential campaign, they would be guilty of treason.

"If members of the administration are essentially conspiring with Russia–either through the [2016 presidential] campaign earlier or now in the administration itself–I mean, look, that's the very definition of treason," Moulton said.

Senate Democrats have called for a 9/11 style investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

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Andrew Kugle is the assistant social media editor for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2013. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, he worked as a Staff/Press Assistant for South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Andrew is from De Pere, Wisconsin and lives in D.C. His Twitter handle is @AndrewJKugle. You can reach him at

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