Donald Trump’s claim that he saw “thousands” of Muslims cheering in New Jersey as the planes hit the World Trade Center was so outrageous that even some Republican politicians like New Jersey governor Chris Christie have spoken up to say it never happened. Trump’s antics have even become too much for some at Fox News, like Greg Gutfeld, who recently questioned the way the
“fair and balanced” fairly unbalanced network seems to be handling stories about The Donald.
But before you start to think that Trump’s star is so far in decline that even the Fox rats are jumping off the sinking Trump ship, you need to watch what Fox host Eric Bolling had to say on “The Five,” on December 1.
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Bolling apparently decided to go completely off the rails in a discussion about whether Muslims in the U.S. were celebrating the 9/11 attacks. Not only does he say that he saw Muslims cheering as the buildings fell in Manhattan, he says this:
They said people were on the roofs watching the planes fly in. They were tipped off prior to the thing.
Following that, Bolling says that it doesn’t matter whether there were thousands of Muslims cheering the attacks, or only a few. “Who cares?” he asks.
That is such a ridiculous statement Bolling is immediately challenged by fellow panelist Greg Gutfeld, who says:
Oh, I care. What if Bernie Sanders said there were thousands of pro-lifers cheering the Colorado shooting? Everybody at Fox would go ‘show me the proof.’
Bravo Greg Gutfeld, for standing up to one of the biggest bullies on the Fox News network. But he missed a chance to go after Bolling on what is perhaps the more important point: it absolutely matters how many Muslims were cheering when the World Trade Center fell.
The notion put forth by people like Trump and Bolling is that there is this developing religious war between Islam and the West and that most Muslims support it. There are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, and some five to twelve million live in the United States. If there were “thousands” cheering in New Jersey, it might mean that most Muslims support a jihad against America. If there were 50, or even 500, who chose to celebrate on 9/11, it doesn’t mean much at all. Bolling probably doesn’t want to know how many right-wing “Christians” celebrated the actions of Colorado gunman Robert Lewis Dear, because it is likely a much higher number than the number of American Muslims who celebrated 9/11.
Bolling apparently got his idea about people watching the planes hit from a video that has been posted on YouTube and at least one conservative blog. Would it surprise you to learn that what the video says doesn’t support Bolling’s claim? According to the news report on the video, there were eight men who were involved in or had knowledge of the 9/11 plot who watched from the roof of a building. And the only evidence that others were cheering as the buildings fell comes from the reporter’s statement that he was told it happened.
As for Bolling’s claim that Muslims were “tipped off?” According to USA Today, 60 Muslims died in the 9/11 attacks. Apparently they didn’t get the memo.
Here’s the video:
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