Trump claims without evidence to an audience that includes 9/11 first responders: “I was down there [at Ground Zero] also, but I’m not considering myself a first responder, but I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you.”
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— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 29, 2019
Trump actually has a long history of lying about his experiences around 9-11.
Here are a few courtesy of WaPo:
- Trump bragged that the destruction of the Twin Towers made his building the tallest in Lower Manhattan.
In a television interview on the day of the attacks, the anchor asked Trump if a building he owned near the World Trade Center had sustained damage. Here’s how he replied:
Forty Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was, actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest. And then when they built the World Trade Center it became known as the second-tallest, and now it’s the tallest.
Only Trump could see a disaster that killed almost 3,000 of his fellow Americans and immediately use it as an opportunity to brag about the size of his buildings.
2) Trump applied for and received $150,000 in state funds intended to help small businesses affected by the attacks, despite the fact that his business was not affected.
The fund was supposed to cover uninsured losses for small businesses, but Trump somehow received $150,000 in taxpayer money; his application cited “rent loss,” “cleanup” and “repair.” Yet none of Trump’s properties were actually damaged in the attack.
Jesus, what a POS!
3) Trump stretched the truth about personally helping to clean up at the site.
At a rally in 2016, Trump said this:
“Everyone who helped clear the rubble — and I was there, and I watched, and I helped a little bit — but I want to tell you: Those people were amazing,” Trump said. “Clearing the rubble. Trying to find additional lives. You didn’t know what was going to come down on all of us — and they handled it.”
While Trump did visit the site a couple of days after the attack and did some interviews, there is no evidence that he got down to help clear rubble, which people would certainly have remembered.
They not only would have remembered it, news crews would have filed it.
No such news footage exists. Because if it did trust me Trump would have used it in one of his campaign advertisements.
4) Trump made other false claims about his personal connection to 9/11.
Here’s something he said at a rally in 2015, describing what he saw from his Trump Tower apartment during the attacks:
I have a window in my apartment that specifically was aimed at the World Trade Center because of the beauty of the whole downtown Manhattan and I watched as people jumped. And I watched the second plane come in. Many people jumped and I witnessed it, I watched that.
Trump Tower is four miles from the site of the World Trade Center. He could not possibly have seen people jump from the buildings during the attacks.
Trump also claimed that he “lost hundreds of friends” at the World Trade Center, but when journalists inquired to his campaign about it, they were unable to produce even a single name of a friend Trump lost.
Then there was this story.
5) Trump repeatedly told a vicious, racist lie about Muslim Americans celebrating the attacks — even after it was debunked.
Here’s the story as Trump told it:
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 next day, ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos confronted Trump with the fact that the police and journalists who investigated this rumor say that it never happened. Trump replied that he had watched it on TV, despite the fact that there is no video anywhere of such a thing happening, then said, “There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations.”
No footage of this “celebration” has ever been located, so that was just another attempt by Donald Trump to smear Muslims during the early days of his campaign.
Clearly, Donald Trump has a long and sordid history of trying to use the attack on 9-11 to benefit himself in some way.
I really don’t know what is more pathetic, Trump for doing this over and over again, despite all evidence to the contrary, or the people who actually voted to put this sleazy arrogant man-child into the White House?
That is a question for the ages.