While Trump led a moment of silence from the White House to honor those who lost their lives, their family, and their friends on September 11, 2001, Americans will also remember the many controversies surrounding Donald Trump and his previous actions and statements around the events of 9/11. Trump may whitewash his response, but unfortunately for him, each has been preserved for history to remember.
‘Many people jumped [from the Twin Towers] and I witnessed it.’
During a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, the future president of the United States told his rabid fans that he personally witnessed the horrifying sight of people jumping from the World Trade Center.
‘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.”‘
Trump Towers in Manhattan, from which Trump claims he witnessed people jumping to their deaths and the plane hitting the Twin Towers, is more than four miles away from the World Trade Center. Unless Donald Trump has some supernatural powers of long-range vision, there is no possible way he could see the events from his residence.
‘I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.’
After claiming that he saw the events unfold from his Manhattan apartment, Trump later claimed he saw people cheering in Jersey City, New Jersey as the buildings collapsed. When pressed on his statement, Trump changed the version of events to say that he saw the cheering on television, which absolutely no one else saw and police say never happened.
Trump lied about donations to charities after 9/11.
Trump graciously accepted the gratitude of New Yorkers for his charitable donations in the wake of 9/11, but forgot to mention one thing: there weren’t any. The city of New York’s comptroller admitted that he could find no record of any donations made by Trump, even though he continued bragging about those donations during the presidential campaigns.
Trump received $150,000 in taxpayer money for his building at 40 Wall Street meant for “small businesses”
Not only did Trump fail to donate anything to help New York City or anyone else affected by 9/11, he accepted a grant of $150,000 as part of a recovery package meant for small businesses affected by the attack. The building became the site of the now-defunct and discredited Trump University, over which Trump lost a lawsuit brought by former students defrauded by the now-President Donald Trump.
‘Now it’s the tallest.’
During an interview Trump gave following 9/11, the future president of the United States bragged about how tall his 40 Wall Street building was and how the fall of the World Trade Center now made his building the tallest in New York City.
’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.’
Don’t be fooled by Trump’s reverence today regarding the victims of 9/11. He has a long history of lying and using the tragedy for his own personal gain.
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