Recently, Donald Trump made a wild claim that thousands of people in New Jersey were cheering as the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11. Many have fact-checked that claim, including the Washington Post and The New York Times. So, as is typical for him, he took to Twitter to whine that many people tweeted to say he was right about the cheering in New Jersey, and demanded the Washington Post apologize to him:
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Par for the course for Trump. People tweeting that he’s right either don’t know what they saw, or they’re just so blinded by their love and loyalty for him that they’re claiming they saw something that didn’t happen. The Washington Post’s fact check consisted of scouring news and video footage from the time and referencing the Newark Star-Ledger, which said, on Sept. 18, 2001, that claims that Arabs were cheering on rooftops were unfounded.
That partly contradicts the Post’s own article from that time, which is referenced in Trump’s tweet. It has since come out that, if there were such celebrations, they were very few and far between.
The Post also can’t find any evidence of Trump talking about it from the time. One would think that, if he truly did see people in New Jersey celebrating as the towers came down, he’d have at least said something somewhere. He didn’t say so in the foreword of a book titled, “Where Were You On 9/11?” and he didn’t say so in an interview just eight days after the attacks.
The Post is saying that even police are saying this cheering didn’t happen. If he’d really seen “thousands and thousands” of people in New Jersey celebrating the attacks, wouldn’t he have decried it back then? Probably, with all the bombast that’s typical of him.
He’s just trying to justify his xenophobia and his Islamophobia, and can’t handle when someone tells him he’s wrong. He’ll make a terrific president. Not.