On Monday, sixteen years after the deadliest terror attack on American soil, thousands of relatives, survivors, rescuers and others gathered at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City to commemorate the tragic event with a now traditional hours-long reading of victims’ names.
“Our values will endure. Our people will thrive,” the president said, paying tribute to all who died there that day. “Our nation will prevail and the memory of our loved ones will never, ever die.”
In Washington, DC, President Donald Trump, joined by the first lady, observed the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks at the Pentagon while Vice President Mike Pence addressed a crowd at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed that day.
An American flag is unfurled at the Pentagon's point of impact to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 pic.twitter.com/XJ3A94SC6r
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Nearly 3,000 people were killed on September 11, 2001, when terrorist-piloted planes hit two of three targets — the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. The third target, according to a high-ranking al Qaeda detainee, was the White House but thanks to the bravery of the crew and passengers aboard Flight 93, the plane crashed well short in a field in Pennsylvania, well short of its intended target.
Prior to becoming president, Trump often recalled the tragic events of 9/11 to tout the toughness of New Yorkers as well as to denigrate Muslims with a bizarre claim about seeing “thousands and thousands” of Muslims “cheering” in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the towers fell — later insisting that the celebration “was well covered at the time.”
There has never been any evidence uncovered of mass celebrations by Muslims in New Jersey or elsewhere in the news archives.
In fact, Trump has a history of making tasteless comments about 9/11, starting just moments after the Twin Towers collapsed. He called in to a New York television station, according to Newsweek, while the smoke was still rising at Ground Zero, ostensibly to discuss the tragedy at hand, yet couldn’t help but turn the call into a brag about a Trump property.
“It was an amazing phone call,” Trump said. “I mean 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.”
The WH troll who bragged that after 911, his Tower was the tallest building now, is speaking at the Pentagon today in memory of 911.
— Persistently Uppity (@UppityWomanBlog) September 11, 2017
Neither of Trump’s claims about Muslims nor about his building being the tallest are true.