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Ben Carson: I Also Saw The Nonexistent ‘Newsreels’ Of NJ Muslims Celebrating The WTC Falling on 9/11

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Ben Carson tags onto Donald Trump’s false claim, say he too saw the news coverage of thousands of American Muslims in New Jersey celebrating on 9/11.

Over the weekend Donald Trump spread an ugly attack, that “thousands and thousands” of Arabs in Jersey City, New Jersey “were cheering” as the World Trade Center “was coming down.”

Trump repeated his claim both to an audience Saturday and on ABC News on Sunday, where he doubled down and insisted he saw news reports on TV showing “thousands and thousands” of (presumably) Muslims “cheering.” He added, “it was well covered at the time.”

False.

False by every reliable source possible, including most recently, a reporter who covered reports of “a number of people” who “allegedly” were celebrating on rooftops, and told MSNBC that to the best of his memory there were not “thousands” and basically it didn’t happen.

“We did a lot of shoe leather reporting in and around Jersey City and talked to a lot of residents and officials for the broader story. Much of that has, indeed, faded from memory,” reporter Serge Kovaleski told MSNBC today. “But I do not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember.”

All news reports reveal essentially the same thing: there were reports, they were checked out by police and local reporters, and they turned out to be false.

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Local elected officials, including the mayor of Jersey City, say Trump’s claim is false. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, however, could only usher in tepid statement that threw his own citizens under the bus.

“I don’t recall that. I don’t,” Christie told a reporter today. “I can’t say that I have—it was a pretty emotional time for me because, as I’ve mentioned before, there’s family involved, there’s friends involved, and so it was a pretty harrowing time. I do not remember that. And so, it’s not something that was part of my recollection. I think if it had happened, I would remember it. But, you know, there could be things I forget, too. I don’t remember that. No.”

One might think “thousands and thousands” of Arabs in Jersey City “cheering” as the World Trade Center “was coming down” would be something they might remember.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump insists he saw it on the news, which should lead some to question his ability to remember facts, or to concede to factfinders when proven wrong. After all, what would happen if we had a president who insisted – despite all reliable evidence to the contrary – that a Middle Eastern country had weapons of mass destruction and we should go to war, allow thousands of our soldiers to be killed as a result, only to learn that in fact, there were no WMD?

Now we have another Republican presidential candidate who – again despite all reliable claims to the contrary – insists that he too saw “newsreels” of Muslims cheering in New Jersey when the Twin Towers fell to the ground on 9/11.

ABC News’ Katherine Faulders asked Ben Carson today if in fact there were American Muslims cheering the towers falling on 9/11, and did he “hear about that or see that?” He replied, “Yes.”

Carson then says, “I saw the film of it, yeah.” And he confirmed to a reporter the “newsreel” he saw was of New Jersey.

Carson then goes on, incredibly, to state, “I don’t know if on the basis of that you can say all Muslims are bad people.” 

“I really think that would be a stretch,” he added.

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It’s odd that he now thinks it would be “a stretch,” and doesn’t know if “on the basis of that you can say all Muslims are bad people,” because just a few days ago he compared Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS and a civil war to rabid dogs, but insisted, that doesn’t “mean that you hate all dogs by any stretch of the imagination.”

 

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Who Is the Highland Park July 4th Mass Shooting Person of Interest? ‘Obsession With Mass Death and Nihilism’

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The person police are describing as a “person of interest” in the Highland Park, Illinois Independence Day mass shooting that left six parade watchers dead and 38 injured has been apprehended.

Robert “Bobby” Crimo goes by the name of “Awake the Rapper” on social media. According to The Daily Beast, he is “an amateur rapper who posted disturbing videos on his YouTube channel, including a crude animation depicting a heavily armed shooter being killed by police.”

Crimo, a 22-year-old white man, “is a video-game enthusiast and professional wrestling fan. One photo posted to Twitter showed him wearing a Trump flag like a cape; in another he sported an FBI cap. But the same account also liked a video of President Biden.”

USA Today reports Crimo has been arrested in connection with the mass shooting. There are no reports he has been charged, and it’s too early to determine his political beliefs, if any. NCRM has not verified any of the photos in this report.

An FBI wanted poster published by Fox News says Crimo “has the following tattoos: four tally marks with a line through them on his right cheek, red roses and green leaves on his neck, and cursive script above his left eyebrow.”

NBC News senior reporter Ben Collins, who describes his work as covering the “dystopia beat,” writes: “The most important thing to know about Crimo’s online identity is his obsession with mass death and nihilism.”

In an NBC News article, Collins adds Crimo “left a long trail of tributes to mass shootings and public killings on social media platforms, according to numerous profiles that appear to belong to him.”

“Crimo didn’t frequently post about major political figures on his websites, except for two posts about former President Donald Trump,” Collins adds.

A video posted to Crimo’s YouTube page on Jan. 2, 2021, appears to show Crimo among a throng of protesters cheering for Trump’s presidential motorcade outside an airport. Crimo flips the phone’s orientation to reveal his face at the end of the video.

Crimo is also seen draped in a Trump flag in a June 27, 2021, post on Twitter. The post is captioned with only the word “spam.”

Sawyer Hackett, a senior advisor to former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, posted these images that have been flooding social media, allegedly of Crimo.

Investigative journalist Steven Monacelli, who writes about extremism, warns about jumping to conclusions, but adds these photos he says are of Crimo and says he “does appear to have been active in some right wing political events.”

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GOP Nominee for Illinois Governor Offers Prayers Then Quickly Dismisses July 4 Mass Shooting: ‘Let’s Move On’

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Darren Bailey, the GOP nominee to become governor of Illinois, quickly dismissed the Independence Day mass shooting in Highland Park that left six people dead and dozens hospitalized.

In a poor-quality Facebook live video Bailey, a far-right Illinois state lawmaker stands with a group of supporters holding campaign signs and says, “20 minutes away from here in Highland Park there was a shooting, there were several people that we know have been shot, that’s all we know, and we’re just going to take a moment and pray for the families [inaudible] pray for the law enforcement and even the organizers of this parade.”

He says canceling the parade after the shooting started was ‘the right thing because people’s safety has got to come first.” He offers no mention of guns or gun control or gun safety measures.

“The shooter is still at large so let’s pray for justice to prevail, and then let’s move on and let’s celebrate the independence of this nation. We know the mission. We have got to get corruption and evil out of our government.”

On Facebook Bailey writes:

Please pray for the families affected by the shooting in Highland Park!
Skokie Parade has been canceled.
Demand law and order!
Invest in mental health!!
Pray for Law Enforcement!!!
Let Freedom Ring!!!

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President Biden: ‘Jill and I Are Shocked by the Senseless Gun Violence’ at Highland Park July 4th Mass Shooting

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President Joe Biden quickly issued a statement expressing his “shock” over the mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois that has left six people dead and over 30 people hospitalized.

“Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day,” the President says in his statement. “As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene. I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and have offered the full support of the Federal government to their communities.”

“I also surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time. Members of the community should follow guidance from leadership on the ground, and I will monitor closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in the hospital with grievous injuries.”

President Biden notes that he “recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform legislation in almost thirty years into law, which includes actions that will save lives. But there is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.”

The President and the First Lady are expected to speak around 5 PM Monday to deliver Independence Day remarks during their barbecue at the White House with veterans.

News reports state the shooter, who has not been apprehended, is believed to be a white man, 18-20 years old, armed with a high-powered rifle.

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Many on social media are criticizing the NRA, which posted a tweet tying guns to Independence Day barely hours before the mass shooting began. It reads: “The only reason you’re celebrating Independence Day is because citizens were armed.”

There were many police officers at the Highland Park parade, yet the shooter was able to inflict great loss of life, a massive number of wounded victims, and massive terror. Nearby towns canceled their Fourth of July celebrations in response.

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