Support Just the News

Help Fund Honest Journalism

Donate

State senator: 'Seeing the Twin Towers crumble is no longer the most frightening moment of my life'

"Watching on TV the American people’s house be attacked — not by terrorists but by other Americans — was frightening," John Liu said.

Image
John Liu in 2013
John Liu in 2013
(Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Updated: January 10, 2021 - 10:56am

The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook

Links

Other Media

New York State Sen. John Liu on Wednesday tweeted that, "Seeing the Twin Towers crumble is no longer the most frightening moment of my life."

The state lawmaker's reference to the infamous September 11, 2001 terror attack came on the day that the U.S. Capitol building was breached.

"My tweet was an emotional response that failed to provide a fuller context and was not meant in any disrespect, especially to those who died on 9/11 and their families,” Liu told the New York Post on Saturday, noting that, “9/11 is by far the most horrific and outrageous thing I’ve witnessed.”

But Liu explained that the U.S. Capitol attack “evoked emotions of outrage, horror and fear that I haven’t felt since Sept. 11.,” according to the outlet. “What happened on that day 20 years ago was by far the most horrific thing I saw in my life and can’t be compared, but watching on TV the American people’s house be attacked — not by terrorists but by other Americans — was frightening,” he said.

Liu had been competing in a primary that got cancelled due to 9/11, according to the Post, which said that Liu later secured victory and was the first Asian American to get elected to serve on the City Council. He won a state senate contest in 2018.

“On Sept. 11, 2001, after they canceled the primary election that morning, I returned home in time to watch the towers fall, and I remember feeling the horror and the outrage and the fear, which I, nor any of us, will ever forget,” Liu noted.