Sen. Angus King on Tuesday compared Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Maine state Sen. Eric Brakey, the Republican nominee seeking Mr. King’s seat, posted an edited video Tuesday of the independent giving a speech commemorating Sept. 11 at a Lewiston fire station.
“They used airplanes into towers,” Mr. King said of the 9/11 hijackers. “Now people can use the click of a computer key in St. Petersburg, Russia, to attack.
“It’s an attack that continues and it’s the same kind of attack today that occurred in 2001,” he added.
Mr. Brakey called Mr. King’s comments an “insult” to those still affected by the tragedy and demanded that the senator to apologize.
“I am appalled that Angus King, on today of all days, compared the brutal terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the murder of over 3,000 innocent Americans to Russian computer hackers,” he said in a statement. “The two things are simply incomparable, and reflect the deranged thinking of Angus and his liberal allies.
“Sen. King’s crass statements are an insult to the victims, their families and our first responders,” he said. “King should retract his statement immediately and apologize for his shameful remark.”
This isn’t the first time Mr. King has compared Russian meddling with 9/11, Breitbart News noted. In February, he told CNN that Russia’s election interference was “one of the most serious attacks on our country since September 11.”