Donald Trump’s claim that he saw Muslims in New Jersey cheering after the 9/11 terrorist attacks has spawned intense backlash, but his campaign has unearthed a new source and also received partial support from a former New York City mayor.
One of the chief criticisms about Trump’s claim is the lack of credible sources to back up his claims, but a new piece of evidence seems to bolster his stance.
Bloomberg Politics editor Mark Halperin noted that the Trump camp has publicized a September 2011 New York Post article that references Muslims celebrating 9/11.
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) December 1, 2015
“Here in New York, it was easy to get angry listening to Egyptians, Palestinians, and the Arabs of nearby Paterson, N.J. as they received word of the murderous attacks in New York and Washington,” wrote Fred Siegel in the op-ed.
Halperin noted: “Not proof but contemporaneous citation.”
Trump added on December 1 a clip of radio commentator Curtis Sliwa talking about people cheering the Twin Towers collapsing.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2015
— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) December 1, 2015
Also this week, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani admitted that Trump “is right” about Muslims celebrating, but emphasized that when Trump said “thousands upon thousands” of people he was “exaggerating.”
“Were people celebrating on 9/11? Yes,” added CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.
Fox News host Steve Doocy also said recently that he remembers hearing about Muslims cheering. “You know what, I actually remember things like that, ’cause I live one town away from one of the towns where, according to my neighbors, they saw with their own two eyes, there were people celebrating,” the Fox host said.
“I also remember there was video on television. I don’t know if that was from that town or New Jersey. Nonetheless, Donald Trump says there are a lot of people out there who verified the idea of his story.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2015
Trump has also referenced a Washington Post report from September 18, 2001 that includes a paragraph about police detaining and questioning people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks.
Trump recently told Chuck Todd of Meet the Press that he will not take back his claim.