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LT. Governor Ron Ramsey stands by Sept. 11 tweet

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Here is what Ramsey tweeted on September 11th: "As the president attempts to ally with Al-Qaeda in Syria's civil war, we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago."

This is what Ramsey said Thursday about that controversial tweet: "Every September 11 since that tragic Tuesday in 2001 has been a day of remembrance. We remember those who died, those who served and those who carry on. But we must also remember those who attacked us and why. The Syrian rebels connections to Al-Qaeda are well-established and well-known. I am proud to stand with leaders like Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul against coming to the aid of our enemies, enemies who continue to hate our country from afar as they kill Christians in their own country."


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Earlier Wednesday, Tennessee's Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey posted on Twitter,
"Let us never forget those who died, those who served and those who carry on," said Ramsey.

That post came at 7:01 a.m.

But it's what he tweeted one minute before that, that is getting a lot of attention across the state.

"As the president attempts to ally with Al-Qaeda in Syria's civil war, we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago," tweeted Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey.

Right away,  the comment sparked a strong response.

On Twitter, his followers slammed the senator from Sullivan County, basically saying it was wrong to politicize the terror attacks and to criticize the president in the context of 9/11.

But on WJHL's Facebook page, some of our viewers responded with support for the Lt. Governor 

"What LG Ron Ramsey said is the truth, and sometimes the truth hurts. I agree totally with the statement," said Lisa Barnett on Facebook.

Tennessee Democratic law makers lashed out against the Republican power broker.

State Representative Craig Fitzhugh from Tennessee's 82nd district called for Lt. Governor Ramsey to apologize immediately.

He said the comment insulted the president and dishonored the day.

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron called the Ramsey's comment "stupid."

But  he told us he doesn't believe Ramsey actually wrote it.

"I served with Ron Ramsey in the House and Senate and I believe he's too smart to write something so stupid," said Herron, "he should fire whoever wrote such an outrageous, dishonest, misleading, incendiary attack on our nation's president."

We reached out to Lieutenant Governor Ramsey and his staff for comment.

None of his staff got back to us.

But Lt. Governor Ramsey sent a text saying, "Sorry... I'm out of town until late Saturday."  

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