The day before the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America by radical Islamic terrorists, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough wrote an opinion piece disturbingly entitled: “Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could.”
Retired Army Captain Sean Parnell did not appreciate what the “Morning Joe” host had to say. He decided to reply publicly.
“For you to write an op-ed about your own political ideology — therefore demeaning the sacrifice that those brave people made on that day — tells me more about you than it does about them,” Parnell, who also received a purple heart, said.
“September 11th is not about who is in the White House. It’s not about Democrats or Republicans,” he continued. “And I think it demeans the sacrifice of those who sacrificed their lives on September 11th.”
“If you think about it, you wrote an op-ed and you promoted it on your social media, and then you had your girlfriend [fiancee Mika Brzezinski] read it on your show that was named after you. Do you think there might be an ulterior motive there?” he questioned. “Do you think it might be to score cheap political points against a president that you hate?”
“Do you think it might be all about you?” he said.
“September 11 is about remembering and reflecting on those who lost their lives that day,” he pointed out.
“I joined the military because of September 11th,” Parnell explained to his audience, recounting how he was just a college kid surrounded by beer cans when he woke up to the news of the Twin Towers being hit.
He recalled what it felt like to see that happening. He reminded Americans of what they felt that day, too.
“I remember in that moment taking a few steps back and sitting on that college couch for what felt like hours just transfixed to my television set of those images of just raw horror as they engulfed my fellow Americans,” he said.
“I remember watching people tumble to their deaths and land on the sidewalk on national television,” he continued. “I remember people who were lucky enough to survive that fateful day stagger out of the wreckage covered from head-to-toe in thick gray soot. The only thing you could see were bloodshot eyes and a thousand-yard stare.”
“But I think what affected me the most that day were how ordinary Americans responded to the attacks — and that’s police officers, firefighters, just Americans with no training whatsoever — who instead of running away from the flames that day...ran headlong into them.”
“And many of the people who ran into the flames that day never emerged again with their lives — all of it an attempt to save people they did not even know,” he concluded his emotional retelling of one of the greatest heroic acts in American history.
“Do you think it might be all about you?” he asked Scarborough.
Watch Parnell’s brief but powerful message below:
Parnell is an author, veterans’ charity ambassador, and former Army airborne ranger, according to HarperCollins Publishers. He released his newest book “Man of War: An Eric Steele Novel” on Sept. 11 this year.