Monday 16 September 2019

I'm 100pc sure that US Muslims cheered on 9/11: Trump

Donald Trump: 'I saw it. So many people saw it,
Donald Trump: 'I saw it. So many people saw it," said Trump, "so why would I take it back? I'm not going to take it back'

Megan Cassella

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has again insisted that he was "100pc right" when he claimed he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Fact-checkers have debunked his assertion and have been unable to find any footage.

Mr Trump told US TV yesterday that he had heard from "hundreds of people that agree" that there were televised Muslim celebrations of the attacks.

"I saw it. So many people saw it," said Trump, "so why would I take it back? I'm not going to take it back."

When NBC anchor Chuck Todd suggested the people Trump heard from were supporters and might want to agree with him, Trump interrupted to note the "huge Muslim population" that New Jersey has.

"Why wouldn't it have taken place?" he said of an alleged celebration there. "I've had hundreds of people call in and tweet in on Twitter, saying that they saw it and I was 100pc right."

Trump came under fire last week after saying at a rally and on television that he had seen thousands of people in Jersey City cheer the collapse of the twin towers.

His remarks have since been disputed by officials and fellow Republican candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

The controversy could be starting to hurt Mr Trump, who has dropped 12 percentage points in the polls in the past five days, according to Reuters/Ipsos opinion polling of Republican voters nationally.

He fell from 43pc to 31pc, although he continues to hold a wide lead over his competitors.

Mr Trump said yesterday: "All over the world - forget about New Jersey for a second - all over the world, it was reported that Muslims were celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center."

But he quickly rejected Mr Todd's assertion that "this didn't happen in New Jersey."

"It did happen in New Jersey," Mr Trump said.

"I have a very good memory, I'll tell you," he said. "I saw it somewhere on television many years ago. And I never forgot it."

Irish Independent

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