Comments made in video footage of an interview given by Donald Trump with a New York City news program in the hours following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks resurfaced yesterday with the 15th anniversary of the tragic event. The Republican presidential nominee can be heard seemingly boasting about how one of his properties had become the tallest building in New York with the collapse of the World Trade Center.
The Trump tallest building remark came as a response to a question from the news anchor about Trump-owned 40 Wall Street located “seven or eight blocks” from the former World Trade Center site, one of Trump’s premier buildings in Manhattan.
“Donald, you have one of the landmark buildings down in the financial district, 40 Wall Street, did you have any damage?” the news anchor asked the then-15-years-younger Donald Trump.
“Well, I mean it was an amazing phone call,” Donald Trump described speaking with his employees in downtown Manhattan on September 11.
“Forty Wall Street actually was the second tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was, actually before the World Trade Center, it was the tallest. And then when they built the World Trade Center it became known as the second tallest. And now its the tallest,” the contentious Donald Trump tallest building remark went.
Donald Trump continued the interview explaining that he had been speaking with members of his organization located at 40 Wall Street who described what they were witnessing as “unbelievable.” The real estate investor described reports of steel, brick, stone, and other debris burying Wall Street two feet deep.
The Republican candidate also described “thousands” of people being forced to navigate their way through the rubble and then evacuate the downtown Manhattan area via the Brooklyn Bridge.
To all the Trump supporters guess who bragged about his building being the Tallest building in NY hours after 9/11 #MakeAmericaGreatAgain
— Anthony Andriola (@AnthonyRoberttt) September 12, 2016
— Melissa Dawes (@melissadawes) September 12, 2016
Social media users quickly took notice of the resurfaced Trump tallest building quote footage, with most passing few comments, seemingly appearing to believe that the facts and audio surrounding the incident speak for themselves.
“Really, that was the time to brag about that?” Cenk Uygur with The Young Turks stated on a recent live stream with regard to Trump’s comments.
Uygur described the Republican as having “no boundaries” and made note of Donald Trump bringing to light the fact that his building had once again become the tallest while thousands of people were in the World Trade Center when it collapsed and seemingly perceiving it as a stroke of good fortune.
Uygur pondered what would make someone in Donald Trump’s position make such a seemingly callous statement, considering how many people in the city were, at that very moment, suffering great hardship.
“The guy is so insecure,” Cenk Uygur stated, emphasizing “so.”
The TYT founder asked what type of a person would capitalize on such an opportunity, and constantly claim that they are “the best.” He concluded that it would have to be someone who sincerely believed that they were not “the best.” Uygur also described Donald Trump as being unable “to help himself” when put in situations offering the opportunity to seemingly pander so brazenly.
Donald Trump is currently trailing Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 2.1 percentage points in four-way national poll averages hosted with Real Clear Politics that include Green Party nominee Jill Stein and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson. Clinton has captured the imaginations of 41.7 percent of those polled; Trump, 39.6 percent; Johnson, 9.3 percent; and Stein, 3.1 percent.
Two-way polls tracked with Real Clear Politics put Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump by 3.1 percentage points, 46.0 to 42.9.
Before becoming the well-known real estate businessman with the rocky career known by the world today, Donald Trump was once a regular landlord who was the subject of a discrimination complaint heard by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1973, which alleged that “applicants for leases were screened by race” in Trump buildings, as reported by Fortune.
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