In a grossly offensive display of virtue signalling, two New York state senators posed with a large banner comparing climate change to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, in which two airplanes hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists slammed into the Twin Towers, killing some 3,000 Americans.
Democrat state senators Rachel May and Robert Jackson posed with a banner, which shows a plane with the words “CLIMATE CHANGE” written on it about to slam into the now-destroyed towers of the World Trade Center. The banner is captioned with the words “WAKE UP AMERICA.”
"The fact that Senate Democrats stood proudly grinning in front of 9/11 imagery to advance an extreme energy agenda tells you everything you need to know about their radical views," posted the New York Republican Party on Twitter Wednesday along with a photo of May and Jackson.
"It wasn’t a gaffe, it was a revealing display of how out of touch they are with everyday NYers," the post added.
Facing criticism on Twitter, May insisted that she posed with the sign without looking at what it said.
“I attended the rally today to support a significant investment in climate change in the state budget,” May tweeted Tuesday. “I posed for numerous photos with activists, and did not see the content of the sign.”
“The imagery on the banner is unacceptable and I would never endorse such a cynical use of our state’s history to score cheap points,” she continued. “I apologize sincerely to all New Yorkers and call upon the organizers to similarly condemn this message.”
Jackson also posted an apology, disavowing the contents of the banner.
“I did not note the details of the artwork and would never support anything that denigrates the memory of all who were impacted by 9/11,” Jackson said on Twitter. “The artwork depicted is wrong and I fully reject it.”
The “gaffe” prompted numerous calls for both lawmakers to tender their resignations, with former New York Gov. George Pataki condemning the callousness of the two Democrats.
“This is a cruel stunt that is an insult to the families who lost loved ones and the heroes who responded to those attacks,” wrote Pataki, who served as New York’s governor at the time of the terrorist attack.
“I never thought New York politicians could stoop this low – we can have little hope unless they are kicked out ASAP,” he wrote.
The move by climate alarmists to compare global warming to one of the most tragic events in recent American history comes as Democrat Sen. John Kerry continues to face criticism for urging the Kremlin to keep its priorities focused on the threat of climate change and not be distracted by the war in Ukraine.
“I thought we lived in a world that had said no to that kind of activity. And I hope diplomacy will win,” Kerry said of the war in an interview with BBC at the onset of the invasion in February.
“But it could have a profound negative impact on the climate obviously,” said Kerry. “You have a war and obviously you’re going to have massive emissions consequences to the war. But equally important, you’re going to lose people’s focus, you’re going to lose certainly big country attention because they will be diverted and I think it could have a damaging impact.”