Donald Trump is sticking by his inflammatory 9/11 comments – stating that he remembers seeing American “Arabs” rejoicing and cheering the fall of the World Trade Center buildings in 2001. His comments were made at a stump speech he gave in Birmingham, Alabama over the weekend, and have angered both Muslims and anti-Trump activists.
Reports the Washington Post on Nov. 23: “The Birmingham rally marks the latest example of Trump’s refusal to back down amid outcries over his often-incendiary racial and religious rhetoric — and comes as polls show him once again with a clear lead over the rest of the candidates seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.”
At the rally, Trump stirred the audience by claiming he personally watched as “thousands and thousands of people” in Jersey City cheered as the Twin Towers fell. The context of his statement made clear that he was referring to a large Muslim population in New Jersey that was evidently happy at the loss of American life.
In an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Trump reiterated his claim – saying the cheers came from the “large Arab populations” in New Jersey. “It did happen. I saw it,” Trump said. “It was on television. I saw it.”
Despite Trump’s 9/11 claim, “no news coverage or other evidence corroborated them,” the Post reports.
The mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, stood up against the allegations, saying Trump has “has memory issues or willfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party.” Paterson, New Jersey police commissioner Jerry Speziale said of Trump’s comments, “That is totally false. That is patently false. That never happened. There were no flags burning, no one was dancing.”
Adds Fox News: “The Anti-Defamation League called the comments ‘irresponsible’ and a ‘variation of the anti-Semitic myth that a group of Israelis were seen celebrating as the Twin Towers fell.’” While news reports showed anti-American Muslims in Middle Eastern countries cheering on the attacks, there was no local coverage of the same.
Also at the rally, a Donald Trump protester and Black Lives Matter activist claims he was beaten, kicked and thrown out by a group of white Trump supporters. Cell phone video shows the man being shoved to the ground while others get in a few punches and kicks. Trump, aware of what is happening, can be heard yelling out: “Get him the hell out of here! Throw him out!” while the crowd applauds and cheers.
Do you think Donald Trump is correct in his 9/11 statements?