Donald Trump's dangerous lies are not only being swallowed by his supporters, but defended. Fortunately, some journalists are proving him wrong.
At least twice over the weekend Donald Trump insisted thousands of Arabs cheered on Sept. 11, 2001 when the Twin Towers fell to the ground, killing thousands.
"I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down," Trump said in a speech on Saturday. "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."
On Sunday, speaking to ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, who told him even the police had long ago refuted that claim, Trump doubled down.
"George, it did happen, 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 not be politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down," Trump said, insisting not only did he personally watch them cheering on TV, but that "it was well covered at the time."
As NCRM and others immediately responded, that's false.
Late Sunday, the non-partisan journalism group Politifact looked into Trump's claim, and not only determined it to be false, but "Pants on Fire" false.
Noting that Trump's statement "defies basic logic," Politifact writes that if "thousands and thousands of people were celebrating the 9/11 attacks on American soil, many people beyond Trump would remember it. And in the 21st century, there would be video or visual evidence."
"Instead, all we found were a couple of news articles that described rumors of celebrations that were either debunked or unproven."
"Trump’s recollection of events in New Jersey in the hours after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks flies in the face of all the evidence we could find," Politifact reports. "We rate this statement Pants on Fire."