Rudy Giuliani: Some New York Muslims Celebrated 9/11, But Donald Trump ‘Exaggerating’

Rudy Giuliani: Some New York Muslims Celebrated 9/11, But Donald Trump ‘Exaggerating’

Donald Trump is refusing to back down and continued to defend his remarks that Muslims “went wild” in celebration following the 9/11 attacks in the United States on Monday.

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John Nolte, Breitbart reported:

Despite the corrupt DC Media’s dishonest and highly-coordinated campaign to shut him down, Donald Trump’s refusal to back up even a step has resulted in yet more proof of the media’s ongoing cover-up of the almost certain fact that some number of American Muslims celebrated the collapse of the World Trade Center. On top of legions of eyewitnesses and a simultaneous report in no less than the Washington Post, another newspaper report has surfaced:

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In the New York Post in September of 2011, Fred Siegel wrote,

‘Here in New York, it was easy to get angry listening to Egyptians, Palestinians and the Arabs of nearby Paterson, N.J., celebrate as they received word of the murderous attack in New York and Washington. But Mayor Giuliani (who has been tireless and magnificent in this crisis) rightly warned New Yorker-ers that is would be wrong to take their anger our on the city’s Arab and Muslim residents. Attacks on Arab-Americans in Paterson or elsewhere are utterly indefensible.’

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There was no retraction of the report in the Washington Post, and so far there does not appear to be any New York Post retraction of Siegel’s declarative statement of Muslim celebrations in New Jersey.

KPAX reported

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that while there was some celebrating by American Muslims in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, Donald Trump is “exaggerating” when he said thousands of Muslims were cheering the attacks.

“We did have some celebrating, that is true,” Giuliani told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on CNN’s “New Day.” “We had pockets of celebration some in Queens, some in Brooklyn — 10, 12, 30, 40” people.

But Trump’s characterization, that thousands were celebrating the attacks, is wrong and it’s up to Trump to show his evidence, Giuliani said.

“I don’t want to say he’s not telling the truth or not. Let him deal with it. Let him explain to people. Let him show the evidence of it,” Giuliani said. “If thousands of people were demonstrating and he saw it on television, then there must be some tape of it somewhere. If it shows up it will corroborate him. If it doesn’t show up it’s going to make him look really bad.”

Other local politicians and several media outlets have sharply disputed Trump’s claim of “thousands” of American Muslims celebrating, including Politifact, which rated the charge “pants on fire” and The Washington Post, which rated it “four Pinocchios.”

Neither outlet could find any specific evidence to corroborate Trump’s allegation, though there were a handful of reports of rumors that there were celebrations in New Jersey, along with images of Palestinians celebrating overseas.

A September 17, 2001, Associated Press story referred to “unfounded … rumors of rooftop celebrations of the attack by Muslims” in Jersey City, New Jersey.

And a September 18, 2001, story from The Washington Post wrote, “law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.”


 

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