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.
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,
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?