Is there any question that history is, hands down, Americans’ worst subject? If there was, the reaction to a statement Donald Trump made during a Bloomberg TV interview should put that question to rest.
Host Stephanie Ruhle asks this question of Trump: “Help us understand who Donald Trump is as a man. I need to know that you will make us feel safe, and you will make us feel proud.”
Trump begins his response by saying that he has a bigger heart than the other Republican candidates. Then he says this:
When you talk about George Bush – I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time.
Ruhle jumps in and says that Trump can’t blame Bush for 9/11. Really? Trump responds, again, accurately:
He was president, OK?’ Blame him or don’t blame him, but he was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign.”
That 100 percent factual exchange has set off a bit of a firestorm on the right. Bizpac Review’s headline screams: “Trump says World Trade Center came down under George W. Bush’s watch; social media EXPLODES.”
The Right Scoop, that first reported this story on October 16, says, “STUPID: Donald Trump BLAMES GEORGE W. BUSH for the twin towers falling on 9/11.”
First of all, Trump doesn’t actually say that 9/11 was Bush’s fault, even though many agree that the president should have done more after receiving the August 6 Presidential Daily Briefing titled “Bin Laden determined to strike in US.” And there is the fact that President Clinton testified in front of the 9/11 commission that he warned Bush following the 2000 election that Bin Laden would be the biggest security threat to the country.
The Right Scoop tries to make Trump into some sort of conspiracy theorist for his statement. “Most Democrats don’t even blame Bush for 9/11 unless they are crazy conspiracy theorists,” they observe, making the unwritten suggestion that 9/11 was an “inside job” by the Bush administration. But did Trump say anything remotely like that? No.
At least one commenter knew who to blame for the twin towers coming down: Bill Clinton. (Amazingly, nobody seems to blame Obama.)
Clinton said that he could have gotten Bin Laden, but concern over possible civilian casualties made him decide against an attack. And Clinton did launch one attack against Bin Laden; a cruise missile strike against a building that turned out to be a pharmaceutical plant.
“Conservator1’s” defense that Bush had been in office less than a year doesn’t fly, either. Remember a guy named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab? He is better known as the “underwear bomber.” He tried and failed to bring down an airliner on Christmas Day 2009. Who had been in office less than a year at that time? And what did the right have to say about that? It certainly wasn’t “Oh, you can’t blame Obama. He’s been in office for less than a year.”
The right cheered Trump when he was attacking immigrants and Democrats. Now he has set his site on some of their brethren, and they are none too happy. In fact, they are so unhappy that they have to find a way to attack him, even when he is telling the truth.
Here’s what Trump said that has righties so worked up, via YouTube:
Featured image via Bloomberg TV screen capture