Donald Trump recently claimed that he witnessed “thousands” of Muslims “celebrating” after the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11, 2001. When his bullshit tale of happy Muslims was debunked, he decided that doubling down on the lie was the best way to handle it. Because, of course he did.
Here’s Trump’s exact quote:
It did happen, I saw it with my own eyes. There were thousands of people that were cheering, on the other side of the river [in Jersey City]… I know it may not be politically correct to talk about, but there were people cheering as those buildings came down. And that tells you something. It was well covered at the time, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.
In true Trump fashion, he just continues to repeat the same tired story in the hopes that somehow vocal repetition will magically make it true. Unfortunately for Trump, someone has found his “thousands” of “celebrating Arabs,” and guess what?
Not only were there not “thousands” of them, they weren’t even Muslim!
They were Israelis. You know? From the country that is run by a Prime Minister who hates Muslims? ABC reported the real story:
Maria, who asked us not to use her last name, had a view of the World Trade Center from her New Jersey apartment building. She remembers a neighbor calling her shortly after the first plane hit the towers.
She grabbed her binoculars and watched the destruction unfolding in lower Manhattan. But as she watched the disaster, something else caught her eye.
Maria says she saw three young men kneeling on the roof of a white van in the parking lot of her apartment building. “They seemed to be taking a movie,” Maria said.
The men were taking video or photos of themselves with the World Trade Center burning in the background, she said. What struck Maria were the expressions on the men’s faces. “They were like happy, you know… They didn’t look shocked to me. I thought it was very strange,” she said.
She copied down their plate number and the police and FBI put a bulletin out on their vehicle. The police found the van and five men were taken into custody. The driver of the van, Sivan Kurzberg, told the officers, “We are Israeli. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem.”
It’s interesting that the driver of the van said that because he sounds just like right-wing America’s newest superhero, Donald Trump. You see, the citizens of Palestine are largely Muslim and Israel, the Jewish state, loves to kill them. Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is a well-known bigot who is not very fond of Muslims. Is it really any surprise that the GOP loves him so much?
There are still rumors that the men — who were held for two months and deported — were Mossad, a group of spies who report to the Israeli Prime Minister; but, that has never been confirmed. And it doesn’t really matter, what’s important to note is that they were not Muslim.
So, let’s recap: There was a story about people celebrating on 9/11, but there was a maximum of five of them, NONE of them were Muslim and Trump didn’t actually see any of it.
Of course, it doesn’t really matter that Trump lied to his supporters and continues to lie to them. These people don’t care about the truth; if they did, they certainly wouldn’t be supporting someone as pathological as that dumbf*ck.