Thursday, November 26, 2015

Trump Continues Racist Lie About Seeing Muslims In New Jersey Celebrating 9/11 Attacks

Twice last weekend, Donald Trump claimed to have watched as, immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, thousands of Arabs and Arab-Americans across the Hudson River, in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheered as the Twin Towers collapsed.

At a rally in Birmingham, Alabama Trump insisted…

Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering,

The day after Trump uttered this utter falsehood he doubled down on this islamophobic fever dream, in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, saying…

There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey where you have large Arab populations, he said. “There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down. That tells you something. It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time.

It wasn’t. 

It is a lie. 

Whats more is it is a thoroughly discredited lie.

After hearing Trumps hateful falsehood many people came out publicly to chastise him. Here are some of the responses to Trump's lies:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, told reporters while on the campaign trail in New Hampshire...

"I don't recall that. I don't. It was a pretty emotional time for me because, as I've mentioned before, there's family involved, there were, you know, friends involved and so it was a pretty harrowing time,"

The current Mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, criticized Trump for his statements saying...

"Trump is plain wrong, and he is shamefully politicizing an emotionally charged issue. No one in Jersey City cheered on September 11th. We were actually among the first to provide responders to help in lower Manhattan."

George Pataki, the Republican governor of New York at the time of the attacks who is also running for the GOP presidential nomination, responded on Twitter…

In a statement the Anti-Defamation League, an international NGO that monitors anti-Semitism, said...

It is unfortunate that Donald Trump is giving new life to long-debunked conspiracy theories about 9/11.

Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Trump was “either mistaken or he’s lying.”

This has been one of these vile memes on the anti-Islam hate sites for some time, but there’s actually no evidence to support it whatsoever. And it’d be interesting if he personally saw it. That would be quite interesting since it didn’t happen... he doesn’t actually care whether it’s true or not as long as it panders to the worst or lowest common denominator of his supporters,

Never one to accept blame or apologize for anything Trump shared a passage from an article that ran Sept. 18, 2001, that reported that people were allegedly celebrating as the towers fell from Jersey City.

Unfortunately for Trump, the reporters who wrote that paragraph says he’s got it wrong.

Serge Kovaleski, one of the journalists who wrote the story, said that the claims were untrue...

We did a lot of shoe leather reporting in and around Jersey City and talked to a lot of residents and officials for the broader story. Much of that has, indeed, faded from memory. But I do not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember.

Fredrick Kunkle, the other reporter on that piece’s byline, said...

I specifically visited the Jersey City building and neighborhood where the celebrations were purported to have happened. But I could never verify that report.

At this point does it really matter how many people refute Trumps lies. He continues to ring bells his followers love and no amount of fact checking or truth will unring them. Trumps lemmings are enthralled in his racist and bigoted tales and for them his hate filled words are bond.

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