In my recent article on Donald Trump, I referenced his false statement that he had seen “thousands and thousands” of Muslims cheering in Jersey City when the World Trade Center fell. The next day, when George Stephanopoulos pointed out that the police had found such rumors unfounded, Trump doubled down: “It did happen. I saw it. It was on television. I saw it.”
To establish that no such footage exists, I pointed to a Breitbart article, “9 Pieces of Documentation that Vindicate Trump’s Claim of 9/11 Muslim Celebrations.” Why? Because if you read the article looking for footage of thousands and thousands of Muslims celebrating, you won’t find it.
What do they have instead?
Curtis Sliwa saying there were “people celebrating.” A TV news report of eight people celebrating on the roof of a building. Dan Rather relating an unconfirmed report of one terrorist cell “across the Hudson,” with advance notice of the attacks, celebrating. The Washington Post reporting “a number of people” had been detained and questioned by authorities in Jersey City for celebrating.
Outside Jersey City, another report of a dozen kids under fourteen outside the town hall in Paterson, NJ. Giuliani claiming there were “handfuls” celebrating in New York. Police Commissioner Kierik relating “a number of reports… Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, some in Queens… Paterson NJ… I think Jersey City.”
In other words, they have bupkus. There isn’t any footage of anybody celebrating. Not even Trump surrogate Giuliani could point anyone to any footage. That Trump “saw it” is a lie.
But the fact of these reports allegedly vindicates Trump: “At worst, though, the Republican frontrunner is guilty of exaggerating,” says Breitbart.
Eight people here, thirteen there, in four or five places — it’s only a little exaggeration to say it was thousands and thousands.
So clearly, I am completely vindicated when I say I saw a video of thousands and thousands of neo-Nazis at the Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It’s only a little exaggeration, after all.
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