Watch Donald Trump during his campaign rallies and notice how he feeds on the crowd’s energy. After one of his top followers, who has been photographed at a POTUS rally, sent 14 pipe bombs to Top Democrats and Trump critics, the president went on to his rally. After a man killed eleven people in America’s biggest anti-semitic shooting, Trump told the crowds at another rally it was okay for him to be there, and it was a huge lie.
Trump defended his speeches with The Washington Post’s four-Pinocchio whopper. The president of these United States also spoke at the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) convention. The youth group, heard him with this falsification:
‘I remember when we had the attack in Manhattan, we opened the stock exchange the next day. People were shocked.’
At the Illinois campaign rally, Trump repeated his untruth:
‘With what happened early today, that horrible, horrible attack in Pittsburgh, I was saying maybe I should cancel both this and that. And then I said to myself, I remembered Dick Russell, a friend of mine, great guy, he headed up the New York Stock Exchange on September 11th, and the New York Stock Exchange was open the following day. He said — and what they had to do to open it you wouldn’t believe, we won’t even talk to you about it. But he got that exchange open. We can’t make these sick, demented, evil people important.’
Then, he added:
‘Remember the teams, the Yankees, George Steinbrenner. He said we have got to play, even if nobody comes, nobody shows up, we have got to play.’
The man sitting in the Oval Office’s staff would have corrected his speech under normal circumstances. The problem has always been that Trump goes off-script, and there is no way to correct those. Not only that, Donald Trump does not listen.
Apparently, Trump was sitting in Trump Tower during the September 11, 2001 disasters. The stock market did not open the next day. Indeed, they stayed closed until September 17, which was the most extensive shutdown since 1933.
The Wall Street Journal wrote about “Wall Street’s Proudest Day: A Look Back On The Reopening” two years ago:
‘The reopening had both financial and psychological significance for the country. In fact, it was Wall Street’s proudest day. The 9/11 attacks in New York were just blocks from the New York Stock Exchange, and getting the markets to reopen was a round-the-clock effort, even as workers grieved for those who died. The market closure itself was the longest in nearly 70 years, and it was certain that there would be heavy trading and a stock drop when trading resumed.’
The president recalled “Dick Russell, a friend of mine, great guy” opened the market. Trump was wrong. It was not his “friend” who was the chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange. Dick Grasso held that position.
According to the Washington Post, the senator from Georgia, Russell, was a “fierce defender of segregation.”
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