Just hours after the Twin Towers in New York City fell when the United States was attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, Donald Trump sat for an interview with Alan Marcus. Marcus worked for local television station, WWOR, and conducted the interview by phone from New York.
POLITICO obtained the interview from the archives of WWOR last year and published it on their website. Buried within Trump’s discussion of the horrific events happening at the time, while the country absorbed the fact that thousands of people had just been murdered on American soil, Trump made a disgustingly self-aggrandizing remark.
POLITICO’s Michael Kruze, who wrote about the newly dug-up interview, first noted how different Donald Trump 2001 sounded from the offensive blowhard that is Donald Trump 2016.
‘Compared to the flame-throwing temperament he has demonstrated throughout his current presidential campaign, the most striking revelation of the video from September 11, 2001—plucked exclusively at POLITICO’s request from the WWOR archives—is Trump’s composure and tone. A decade and a half before pledging to “bomb the shit out of” ISIS and proposing a deportation force and a Muslim ban, Trump didn’t talk about retribution or leap to conclusions about who was responsible. In fact, he avoided identifying potential enemies—any terrorist organization or Muslims in general. He spoke cogently and even poignantly about New York’s changed skyline and the need to never forget.’
Right in the middle of that 10-minute conversation, however, the true Donald Trump reared its bloated orange head. Donald Trump 2016 spoke up to talk about Trump’s 71-story building at 40 Wall Street, just a few blocks away from the Twin Towers, and the moment was ghastly.
’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.’
While bodies were still being recovered and firefighters lay dead or dying, Donald Trump was bragging that a building with his name on it was now the tallest in New York City.
The article’s author wrote the comment off as:
‘Donald being Donald. … He is the brand manager of Trump, and he is going to tout that brand, and he does it reflexively. Even on that day.’
On that day, however, Donald Trump wasn’t a candidate for president of the United States. Now he is.
That’s a sobering thought today, on the fifteenth anniversary of that attack.
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