September 11, 2001, when the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were hit by planes hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists, is a day that Americans will never forget. Throughout the day on Monday, the 16th anniversary of the attacks, a number of people have been recalling what September 11 meant to them and how their lives have changed since that day.
A number of people have also been remembering the fact that President Trump once said the attacks occurred on 7/11.
During a campaign stop in New York on September 11, 2016, Trump recalled the 2001 attacks, seemingly in an attempt to pander to New York voters. He told the crowd:
‘It’s very close to my heart because I was down there. And I watched our police and our firemen down on 7-11, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action.
‘I saw the bravest people I’ve ever seen, including the construction workers, including every person down there. That’s what New York values are about.
Watch Trump’s mistake in the video below available via YouTube.
This was not the first time Trump referenced the September 11 attacks to try and build himself up during the presidential race.
During a 2015 campaign rally in Ohio, Trump told the crowds that he “witnessed” many people jumping from the Twin Towers after they were hit.
‘I watched that. I have a view — a view in my apartment that was specifically aimed at the World Trade Center. And I watched those people jump and I watched the second plane hit … I saw the second plane hit the building and I said, “Wow that’s unbelievable.”‘
Of course, there is no way that Trump could have witnessed the events from his apartment in Trump Tower, which is more than four miles away from the World Trade Center.
The lies didn’t stop there, though. Trump also said shortly after that he was actually in Jersey City, New Jersey when the towers were hit. While in New Jersey, he claimed to have seen “thousands and thousands of people” cheer when the towers went down.
‘I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.’
When he was questioned later about the obvious discrepancy, Trump said that he actually saw the cheering on television. However, no one else witnessed this cheering, and police have denied it ever happening.
Clearly, Trump doesn’t have a very good track record when it comes to talking about the September 11 attacks. However, no statement, not even him confusing the date of the attacks with the name of a gas station, will ever be as offensive as him bragging that, after the towers went down, his 40 Wall Street building became the tallest building in New York:
’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. And now it’s the tallest.’