Look, Trump stepped in it again. You can’t be considered presidential – nor a leader for that matter – if you’re throwing this sort of red meat out there:
Trump first made the claim at a campaign rally in Alabama on Saturday, where he said he “watched the World Trade Center go down” and watched in New Jersey, “as thousands of people were cheering as the building was coming down.”
He doubled down on those claims in an interview Sunday with ABC’s “This Week,” even as George Stephanopoulos pushed back.
“There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey where you have large Arab populations,” Trump said. “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.”
“Police say it didn’t happen,” Stephanopoulos pressed, to which Trump said he saw it himself on television.
Powerline’s John Hinderaker and respected Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler got into a Twitter duel on the nuances and both scored points. Even Rush Limbaugh, a reader of Hinderaker’s, jumped in on Trump’s side.