U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump upheld that he was “100 percent right” in his claim that thousands of Muslims in Jersey City celebrated during the 9/11 attacks on the world Trade Center. On NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd stressed that his claims were already fact-checked and that nothing like that happened.
“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. DONALD TRUMP: They were dancing in the street. And they were dancing on rooftops. I’m not makin’ that up,” he told Todd on Sunday.
He likened the Muslim celebrations to tailgate parties made for a football game. “You have hundreds and hundreds, and maybe even thousands, of people having tailgate parties. I saw it at the time. I stick by it. Hundreds of people have confirmed it,” the candidate said.
When pressed about his sources, Trump said people had been calling him to confirm. He also said that many people had been tweeting about the celebrations at the time.
“All over at the world at the time it was reported that Muslims were celebrating the downing. All over the world, forget about New Jersey for a second. All over the world, it was reported that Muslims were celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center,” he pressed.
Trump alleged that The Washington Post reported about the tailgate parties he had been talking about. However, the new site called Trump’s claim a “created prefect circle of illogical logic.”