A previous US training secretary in the Obama administration has slammed anti-maskers and foes of the COVID-19 vaccine for insisting that they are “fighting for freedom,” comparing them to the suicide bomber driving the lethal explosion at the Kabul airport.
Arne Duncan, who served in former President Obama’s Cabinet from 2009 to 2016, designed the comparison Sunday, soon in advance of the bodies of the US services associates killed in the blast returned to American soil.
“Have you found how strikingly similar each the mindsets and actions in between the suicide bombers at Kabul’s airport, and the anti-mask and anti-vax people today right here?” Duncan wrote on Twitter.
“They each blow on their own up, inflict damage on individuals all over them, and are persuaded they are battling for flexibility.”
The comparison gained backlash on social media, with some critics calling the feedback “disrespectful” to the families of the victims killed in the terrorist attack.
“So disrespectful. You owe people military households an apology for working with them like this. Disgusting,” wrote one particular Twitter person.
Another extra, “On the day that President Biden satisfied the caskets containing the fallen troopers who were being victims of suicide bombers, I just cannot think about a extra inappropriate Tweet from previous Education Secretary @arneduncan.
“There’s no comparison between non-masking, non-vaxxing & terrorism. Disgrace,” the tweet ongoing.
The suicide bombing at the Kabul airport gate killed 13 US support associates and scores of Afghans attempting to flee the region and escape the oppressive Taliban rule.