Is Trump Right about Muslims Celebrating 9-11 Attacks?


There’s a debate going on about whether Muslims danced in the streets after the news came out about the 9-11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York. Donald Trump has made it a campaign issue:

“Donald Trump wasn’t backing down Monday on his controversial claim that he saw ‘thousands’ of people cheering in Jersey City, N.J., ‘when the World Trade Center came tumbling down’ on Sept. 11, 2001 — even as the city’s mayor said the front-running Republican presidential hopeful has ‘memory issues, or willfully distorts the truth.’

“Trump first told the story Saturday at a rally in Birmingham, Ala., as he pressed the need for greater surveillance, including monitoring certain mosques, in the wake of the Paris attacks.

“‘I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down,’ Trump said.” (Fox News)

Is there any video of the celebrations? The facts are important, and I don’t care what side makes them available.

“Footage of Muslims in Middle Eastern countries cheering news of the attacks were broadcast often on television, but there is no evidence in news archives of mass celebrations by Muslims in Jersey City, which sits right across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan, with clear views of the World Trade Center site.”

At this point, I don’t know the truth of the matter. While I am not a fan of David Corn, this article challenges Trumps assertions.

But then there’s this:

“Was the Washington Post lying in an article on September 18, 2001 when it wrote the following?

In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners’ plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.

Jersey Muslims
From the Washington Post article “Northern New Jersey Draws Probers’ Eyes” (September 18, 2001).

Of course, “’a number of people’ obviously does not equal ‘thousands’ — and ‘allegedly’ indicates there is no video footage or other proof that celebrations actually took place. Recall that Trump claimed he saw this on television — and that it was ‘well covered at the time.’” (Washington Post)

Of course, “allegedly” is always used in news stories.

Does anyone have any footage of these alleged celebrations in New Jersey?

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