President Donald Trump horrified social media users last year with a breezy note marking the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but he’s got a long history of strange and inappropriate behavior on that occasion.
Trump spent much of last year’s anniversary morning complaining about the Russia investigation, but he made a couple of passing comments about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks before heading off to a memorial ceremony — where he again behaved strangely.
The president pumped his fists and bared his upper teeth upon arrival at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where he was scheduled to take part in a ceremony remembering the passengers who lost their lives after the crash of hijacked United Airlines Flight 92.
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) September 11, 2018
Before departing for the crash site memorial, Trump retweeted his social media director with the hashtags “never forget” and “September 11,” praised his attorney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and faintly marked the 17th anniversary of the attacks.
17 years since September 11th!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2018
Trump raised eyebrows shortly after terrorists crashed hijacked planes into the World Trade Center, when he inaccurately boasted that one of his properties had become the tallest building in New York after the Twin Towers fell.
“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,” Trump said, after calling in to WWOR-TV. “And now it’s the tallest.”
Trump also boasted 10 years after the attacks that he had foreseen them, a claim he repeated during a 2015 appearance on Alex Jones’ radio show, but his 2000 book made only a passing reference to the widely known Osama bin Laden.
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
Trump infamously wished his best on Sept. 11, 2013, to all the “haters and losers,” a greeting he’s used dozens of times over the years on Twitter to mark various occasions.
“@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
Trump has repeatedly insisted — on Twitter and at campaign rallies — that he saw mass celebrations of the 9/11 attacks by Muslims in the U.S., although there is no evidence of such an event.
“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,” then-candidate Trump said during a rally in Birmingham, Alabama.
Trump gave a lengthy interview to a German TV crew four blocks from the World Trade Center site, just a few days after the attacks, where he claimed that hundreds of his employees were assisting with the cleanup.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Trump said. “The devastation. The human life that’s been just wasted, for no reason whatsoever. It is a terrible scene. It is a terrible sight. But New Yorkers are very strong and resilient, and they’ll rebuild quickly.”
“We have a lot of men down here right now,” he added. “We have over 100, another 125 coming.”
Trump also claimed in February 2016 that he lost “hundreds of friends in 9/11,” although he’s never cited any by name.
Trump boasted after his first 100 days in the White House that his “ratings” on cable and broadcast news programs were higher than coverage of the 9/11 attacks.
“It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center,” Trump said. “Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.”
And as Raw Story noted in August 2019, “President Donald Trump on Monday said that he spent ‘a lot of time with’ first responders after the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, despite the fact that there is no evidence to back up his claim.”
In response to Trump’s blatant revision of history, many Twitter users started posting memes about “Lost Trump” history in which they similarly injected the president into historical events at which he was not present.
With additional reporting from Brad Reed.
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In a tweet Trump made several accusations, none of them are true.
Sleepy Joe Biden (mostly his reps.) went crazy when I banned, in late January, people coming in from China. He called me “xenophobic” & then went equally “nuts” when we let in 44,000 people - until he was told they were American citizens coming home. He later apologized!