Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday reframed his claim that he saw Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001 by asserting the sentiment was shared worldwide.
“Worldwide, the Muslims were absolutely going wild,” the real estate mogul said at a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida…
To back up his claims of seeing spectators celebrate 9/11, this week Trump cited a 2001 Washington Post article about authorities detaining people who had celebrated the attack on rooftops with views of the site. The article, since corrected, was written by Serge Kovaleski, who has a disability and now writes for the New York Times. In his speech, Trump sought to distance himself from appearing to have mocked the reporter during an event Tuesday night.
“I would never mock a person that has a disability,” Trump told the cheering crowd. “I’m telling you, I would never do it.”