Arne Duncan, the former Sectary of Education under Barack Obama’s administration, caused social media to stir after a controversial statement he made that compared suicide bombers at the Kabul airport to anti-maskers and those who opt not to get the Covid-19 vaccination.
Duncan served as the CEO of the Chicago, Illinois school system before serving under the Obama administration for seven years.
Taking to Twitter, Duncan put aside the school books to talk about the similar “mindsets and actions” of suicide bombers and people who are anti-mask and against vaccinations.
“Have you noticed how strikingly similar both the mindsets and actions between the suicide bombers at Kabul’s airport and the anti-mask and anti-vax people here?” he wrote. “They both blow themselves up, inflict harm on those around them, and are convinced they are fighting for freedom.”
Duncan’s sentiments came before president Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, and other White House officials were present to return the 13 US military members killed in the suicide bombing blast last week at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
Naturally, some people thought that Duncan’s comment was tactless.
“Secretary Duncan, this is a very sick thing to say during the dignified transfer of 13 US service members lost in the attack,” wrote Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller.
“Hey Buddy, love that you just had a thought. Did you know you could’ve kept that to yourself? There’s actually this thing called inside thoughts. You don’t have to tell people what you’re thinking. You can just think it. God gave us [the] choice to speak. Choose “no,” someone else added.
A third thought Duncan’s admission was embarrassing and wrote, “You gotta be joking. that’s ridiculously embarrassing.”
Biden, the first lady, and other officials paid their respects to the 13 military service members, whose ages ranged from 20-31 who were killed in the tragic bombing. Twelve were Marines, and one was a Navy medic.
This also occurred on the same day that Hurricane Ida slammed the Louisiana coast in a turbulent Category 4 storm that uprooted trees from the ground, tore roofs from homes, and caused colossal flooding.
Reportedly, over 1,000,000 people lost power in their homes while the storm was classified as a Category 3 storm that reached winds of 115 mph.