Donald Trump has continued to insist that he saw “thousands” of American Muslims celebrating after the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center fell on September 11, 2001.
In one of an ongoing series of controversial and divisive statements, the GOP presidential front-runner claims he personally observed this conduct on TV and that hundreds of calls have come into the Trump Organization from purported eyewitnesses to the same activity.
No such footage has yet to surface to substantiate any such demonstrations after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, however, apart from a group of Palestinians on the West Bank, as the Inquisitr previously detailed.
Nor does any news organization indicate having any video of such celebrations on American soil in its archives.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani acknowledged on Tuesday that there were small pockets of celebrations in Brooklyn and Queens, adding that the billionaire real estate mogul and ex-reality show star turned politician was exaggerating the extent of the activity.
Recently unearthed footage from WCBS-TV, which is now getting significant YouTube traction, suggests that some small celebrations may have also occurred in northern New Jersey.
The report apparently aired on September 16, 2001, on the New York City CBS outlet.
“… Just a couple of blocks away from that Jersey City apartment the F.B.I. raided yesterday and had evidence removed, there is another apartment building, one that investigators told me, quote, was swarming with suspects — suspects who I’m told were cheering on the roof when they saw the planes slam into the Trade Center. Police were called to the building by neighbors and found eight men celebrating, six of them tenants in the building…”
A similar report ran in the Washington Post at around the time about people in Jersey City allegedly attending “tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.”
Watch the WCBS-TV video and decide for yourself as to whether it provides any support whatsoever for Donald Trump’s claim about 9/11 celebrations in the Muslim community.
According to Breitbart News columnist John Nolte, nine pieces of documentation exist to vindicate Trump’s claim, even though Trump could be found guilty of exaggerating.
For what it’s worth, several Howard Stern show callers on September 12 in the clip embedded below alluded to such alleged celebrations out in the streets of Paterson, N.J.
In an apparent reference to ISIS using human shields, Trump has separately declared that the west has to “take out” the families of terrorists as part of a counter-attack against the jihadists.
In another development, as Donald Trump, who is an ex-Democrat and Independent, appears to have a strong grip on the Republican presidential nomination, an internal memo authored in September purports to explain how the panicky and anti-Trump GOP establishment should delicately deal with him as its potential election 2016 presidential standard-bearer.
Among the GOP electorate, Trump still holds a lead for the upcoming Iowa caucus and in the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to most polling.
The Washington Post got its hands on that leaked confidential memo written by an official with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which “urges candidates to adopt many of Trump’s tactics, issues and approaches” while at the same time recommending that U.S. Senate candidates “craft their own political brands distinct from Trump’s and to distance themselves by quickly condemning his more controversial comments…”
“Trump has risen because voters see him as authentic, independent, direct, firm — and believe he can’t be bought. These are the same character traits our candidates should be advancing in 2016,” the memo summarizes.
Do you think the Donald Trump claim about 9/11 celebrations has any basis in fact or is he engaging in demagoguery, or worse, as his critics maintain?
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