- The Washington Times - Friday, September 11, 2020

Liberal radio host Chip Franklin sparked criticism Friday after he questioned whether President Trump would “manufacture a 9/11 type of attack” before the Nov. 3 election.

Mr. Franklin, a Democratic strategist who hosts his own radio show on KGO in San Francisco, tweeted to his 146,000 followers: “Is anyone else concerned that Trump is going to manufacture a 9/11 type of attack right before the election?”

Mr. Franklin’s tweet landed on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It racked up hundreds of angry responses within minutes.

“This is disturbing,” one Twitter user responded. “How can people equate this awful day in American history to this.”

Another user accused Mr. Franklin of being a “9/11 conspiracy theorist.”

“This is sickening someone would say this about any president regardless of party lines,” another wrote.

Mr. Franklin also issued several tweets that compared President Trump’s coronavirus response to the 9/11 attacks.

“9/11 was extremely tragic,” he wrote. “We all agree it’s important to remember the lives lost. So why is it so hard to agree that letting multiple 9/11s happen every week due to COVID is unacceptable?”

“Vote like 9/11 is happening twice a week, because it is,” he wrote, adding that a vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “is a vote for a President.”

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