By now it’s no secret that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is a pathological liar. Even worse, he flat-out refuses to admit when he lies or apologize for anything he says – no matter how offensive. In fact, if you believe his nonsense, he’s the most honest person in the world and anyone calling out his plethora of lies is just “out to get him.”
While Trump has lied about a lot of things, his most blatant fabrication came when he claimed he saw “thousands and thousands” of people celebrating in the streets of New Jersey as the World Trade Center towers came down on 9/11. That’s a lie which isn’t supported by a single shred of evidence, news reports, video clip or anything else. Trump’s campaign has even gone as far as to suggest that there’s a giant media conspiracy to “conceal the evidence” of these celebrations.
It really is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve covered in politics.
On Sunday, NBC’s Chuck Todd took Trump to task over his absurd 9/11 claims, repeatedly exposing the Republican presidential frontrunner for the lying fraud that he is:
Todd: You said you saw this. Nobody can find evidence of this, but the article you tweeted out that said you backed it up, that in itself there were three or four different reports that month in New Jersey that said that it was a myth, a false rumor, FBI, you name it! Where did you see this?
Trump: Chuck, I saw it on television and so did many other people.
Todd: In Jersey city? You saw?
Trump: I’ve heard Jersey City, I’ve heard Patterson, it was 14 years ago. I saw a clip, and so did many other people. And many people saw it in person, I’ve had hundreds of phone calls to the Trump Organization saying, “We saw it. It was dancing in the streets.”
Todd: This didn’t happen in New Jersey. There were plenty of reports. And you’re feeding that stereotype.
Trump: It did happen in New Jersey, I have hundreds of people agreeing with me.
Todd: But they want to agree with you – that doesn’t make it true.
Trump: Chuck, you have a huge Muslim population over there. And that’s fine. But you have a huge Muslim population, between Patterson and different places and Jersey City, an unbelievable large population. If they’re going to be doing it at soccer games, if they’re going to be doing it all around the world, it was being done.
Todd: Well, just because somebody repeats something doesn’t make it true.
Trump: Chuck, I’ve had hundreds. I don’t mean I had two calls, Chuck. Even yesterday, I was in Sarasota, Florida. And people were saying they lived in Jersey…They told me there that they saw it.
Todd: People were saying, people were saying. Mr. Trump, if I say people have said Trump’s not worth ten billion dollars and people were saying… you wouldn’t make a business deal based on retweets and hearsay. You’re running for president of the United States, your words matter. Truthfulness matters. Fact-based stuff matters.
Trump then went on to tell Todd to “take it easy” and “play it cool,” repeating the claim that he has a “very good memory” and he saw these celebrations on television.
This is so ridiculous. What Trump is saying happened – never happened.
When Chuck Todd says people want to believe it, he’s absolutely right. He’s also correct in saying that just because people say something, doesn’t mean it’s true. You should see the insane comments and “stories” people send me claiming that it’s the truth.
I am absolutely confident if I did a poll asking Republicans who caused the economic crash, at least one-third would blame President Obama… who wasn’t even president in 2008. And “one-third” is a low estimate. I can almost guarantee that number would be higher.
Then there’s always this poll from a couple of years ago done in Louisiana showing around one-third of Republicans in the state blame President Obama for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina – more than those who blamed Bush – even though the storm hit the state in 2005… 3 1/2 years before Obama took office. Another 44 percent weren’t sure who was more to blame. No, that’s not a joke.
Just let those numbers sink in for a moment.
Trump claiming that his lie is suddenly validated because his campaign has received “hundreds of calls” is meaningless. He could make up any sort of lie and get “hundreds of calls” claiming they saw the same thing. too. Especially considering that I’m almost certain many of these people (including Trump) are thinking of the videos they saw from the Middle East showing some Muslims celebrating. Because the fact remains, there is zero evidence to support the claim that “thousands and thousands” of people were celebrating in New Jersey.
This proves just how little many Republicans actually care about the truth. Despite the fact that there’s zero evidence to support Trump’s blatant lie, his supporters will still believe that it happened.
Watch the clip below via NBC News: