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Challenge: Show Me the Video With Thousands of Muslims Cheering 9/11 Attacks in New Jersey

In November 2015, Donald Trump claimed that “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.” When challenged on national television with the lack of any evidence for such an event’s occurrence, Donald Trump insisted he was correct, elaborating:

“It did happen. I saw it. It was on television. I saw it… There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down — as those buildings came down. And 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. 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.”

The problem with Donald Trump’s vehement claim is that it is FALSE. There is no record anywhere of any television footage of thousands of people in New Jersey cheering as the twin towers of the World Trade Center came crashing down. There is no proof of any other kind of such an event. As Donald Trump has done so many times before (President Obama is supposedly a secret Muslim Kenyan, except he isn’t) and since (crime is supposedly on the rise, except it isn’t), he’s seen a rumor or urban legend on the internet, believed it, seized on it, and demanded repeatedly that it must be real. Regardless of the number of times that Donald Trump insists that thousands of Muslims cheered the World Trade Center attacks in New Jersey on 9/11/01, it just isn’t true. Snopes and Politifact and FactCheck.org have checked out these claims and found them utterly without proof.

The utter lack of proof isn’t stopping Donald Trump’s supporters from repeating the claim. They’re doing it online, and yesterday a Donald Trump supporter made the claim straight to my face.

I have a conversation with a supporter of Donald Trump on June 29, 2016 in which the Trump supporter insists that he has seen video of thousands of Muslims cheering as the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001

This is a photo an onlooker took of me (in blue) having a conversation with a Trump supporter (in red) yesterday, June 29 2016, in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s speech across from the Hollywood Casino in Bangor, Maine.  The Trump supporter approached me and we had a very genial, polite conversation; he seemed like a nice enough guy.

Our conversation started when he asked me why I didn’t support Donald Trump, and I told him that Donald Trump’s world view and aims for the presidency were dangerous because they were built on falsehoods.  The Trump supporter responded that Donald Trump tells the truth, and asked me to name one falsehood Trump had told.  I responded with Donald Trump’s insistence that thousands of Muslims cheered the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey, as supposedly seen by him on television.  The Trump supporter to whom I was speaking repeatedly insisted that Donald Trump was telling the truth, and that he in fact had seen the cheering of thousands of people in New Jersey on 9/11.  “I have seen the video myself on YouTube,” he claimed, over and over again.

I gave the Trump supporter my phone number and asked him to call me with a link to that supposed YouTube video — but he hasn’t called me.  That’s disappointing.

Let’s not let this matter rest on one Trump supporter’s shoulders.  I’m issuing a challenge to Trump supporters right now: either…

A) post a link right here in the comments section to the supposed YouTube video of thousands of people cheering the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey,

or

B) acknowledge that this Trump supporter and Donald Trump himself are peddling a falsehood.

It’s a simple matter, coming down to these two straightforward alternatives.  Come on, Trump supporters: which alternative will you choose?

9 thoughts on “Challenge: Show Me the Video With Thousands of Muslims Cheering 9/11 Attacks in New Jersey”

  1. gloria says:

    I don’t care if it is not true. The muzzrats were celebrating even if in their bathroom. And why are these weirdos even allowed to live in this country? They have a country and baby this ain’t it. I can’t stand the towel headed dumbo and have no use except to tell them so.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      “I don’t care if it is not true.”

      “Muzzrats.”

      You represent your position accurately, but not attractively.

  2. gloria says:

    Anyone who votes killary is as crooked as she is and hates this country. Also they have never worked for a living and are wanting open borders so they can have free stuff with more workers. Muzzrats are like them, birds of a feather. I just wish when bullits and bombs fly the killary supporters would bite the dust instead of good guys.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      So you’d like to see your fellow Americans killed. How nice.

      Your claim about immigrants is incorrect, not that you care, but others probably do. The unemployment rate for immigrants to the United States is actually lower than the unemployment rate for people born in the United States. See here for details: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/forbrn.nr0.htm

    2. J Clifford says:

      Killary? What, do you just change a letter to insinuate that someone is a murderer?

      Why, if I call her Pillary, that must make her a doctor.

      If I call her Quillary, she must be a poet.

      If I call her Chillary, she must be an air conditioner repair technician.

      What depth your arguments have, Gloria.

      1. Jim Cook says:

        Millary — she is very good with grain! Stillary — a drunk? This method for uncovering truth has so much potential.

  3. Jim Cook says:

    Other than Gloria’s effort to simulate Lord Voldemort, Trump supporters are bringing up bupkis. Is that the idea: ignore Trump’s repeated untruths and just hope they go away?

  4. Jim says:

    In their silence, Trump supporters are choosing Option C) Ignore the obvious smear of a lie by Donald Trump.

  5. Jim says:

    Silence. Telling.

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