President Donald Trump stood before the Pentagon Monday to commemorate those that lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. His speech remembered the heroes who rushed to help save those trapped and injured. He proclaimed the stars and stripes continued to fly. However, every other 9/11 anniversary has been marked by Trump with distasteful and disgusting statements.
Here is that list.
1. Trump attacks “Muslims celebrating” in New Jersey:
“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,” Trump said at a campaign rally. “Thousands of people were cheering.”
The following day, Trump was asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos if he was sure that was what he meant. Trump doubled down.
“It was on television. I saw it,” Trump said. “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.”
Trump’s comment was fact-checked and declared a “pants-on-fire” lie that never happened.
New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski also agreed that the story Trump remembered never happened. He was promptly mocked by Trump flailing his arms behind a podium at a rally. The reporter has a congenital joint condition.
2. Trump scoring free advertising and bragging about the height of his building during the tragedy itself:
While footage of the World Trade Center towers were collapsing, Trump’s voice could be heard explaining “40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest — and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest,” he said. “And now it’s the tallest.”
— Ess (@ScottyLiterati) September 11, 2016
The claim was also false. Instead, the American International Building at 70 Pine Street was the tallest.
3. In 2011, Trump claimed he predicted 9/11:
I predicted the 9/11 attack on America in my book "The America We Deserve" and the collapse of Iraq in @TimeToGetTough.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2011
4. In 2013 Trump sent out “best wishes” to “haters and losers” on 9/11:
“@realDonaldTrump: I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2013
5. When he took money for small businesses after 9/11:
After the attack, lawmakers did an emergency-style funding package to help with cleanup, survivors as well as businesses in lower Manhattan. Trump scored $150,000 from government relief to cover what he claimed was “rent loss” and “repairs” in the wake of 9/11. The money was supposed to go to small businesses.
6. Trump swore he lost hundreds of friends in the Towers:
“I lost hundreds of friends in 9/11,” Trump said during a 2016 speech.
Not once has he ever named a single person. If he knew hundreds of the 2,996 victims it would mean that he knew one in 10 people that were killed.
7. When he promised a job to a woman begging for jobs for 9/11 families:
In March 2016, Trump was opening his new hotel in Washington, D.C. A woman was in the crowd and shouted out a question of whether Trump would hire veterans and 9/11 survivors. He brought her up on stage and promised he would. She hugged him and kissed him on the cheek.
“Thanks sweetie. That’s nice,” he said.
8. Trump swore the 9/11 hijackers wouldn’t have been in the U.S. if he was president:
“Those people that knocked down the World Trade Centre most likely under the Trump policy wouldn’t have been here to knock down the World Trade Centre, just so you understand,” Trump swore in April 2016.
Under Trump’s current policies, they would have. Of the 19 hijackers, 15 came from Saudi Arabia, which is exempt from Trump’s travel ban.
9. Trump bragged about his ratings being bigger than 9/11:
“It’s the highest [ratings] for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage,” Trump said in April 2017 in an interview about his first 100 days in office.
Trump frequently touts the size of his ratings and crowds.