Watching Trump’s success with the conservative base is a frightening phenomenon, especially when it is fueled by his willingness to blatantly lie about nearly everything. Remember folks, Donald Trump has been a “birther” during most of Obama’s presidency. In fact, he is flinging fibs at such a high frequency, multiple Trump lies are simultaneously trending on social media at nearly a constant rate these days.
The Donald was interviewed on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday where the reporter asked Trump about the claims he made at his rally in Mobile, Alabama. (Transcript via Media Matters)
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): You raised some eyebrows yesterday with comments you made at your latest rally. I want to show them, relating to 9/11.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP: Hey, 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. Thousands of people were cheering.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, the police say that didn’t happen and all those rumors have been on the Internet for some time. So did you misspeak yesterday?
TRUMP: It did happen. I saw it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You saw that —
TRUMP: It was on television. I saw it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: — with your own eyes?
TRUMP: George, it did happen.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Police say it didn’t happen.
TRUMP: There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down — as those buildings came down. And that tells you something. It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.
STEPHANOPOULOS: As I said, the police have said it didn’t happen.
The Washington Post took Trump’s allegations to task and gave the billionaire, turned paints-on-fire politician, yet another Four-Pinocchio rating. They note that he ha received more Four-Pinocchio ratings “than any other candidate this year.”
Of course, Fact Checker Glenn Kessler at Washington Post points out that it’s a bit of a challenge to write about the most recent fabrication:
This is a bit like writing about the hole in the doughnut — how can you write about nothing?
Jersey City’s mayor tweeted about the remarks, denying the claims. Of course.
Either @realDonaldTrump has memory issues or willfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party
— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) November 22, 2015
Governor Pataki, who was governor of New York at the time also weighed in, saying:
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) November 22, 2015
The Washington Post found no evidence to support Trump’s claim that in Jersey City, New Jersey there were “thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”
Unfortunately, the right-wing will still eat it up and regurgitate it as fact, over and over and over again. Because deep down, they want it to be true. If they believe it’s true, their hate is justified.
Watch Liar Trump Double-Down On Claims That “Arabs” Celebrated In New Jersey After 9/11:
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