Is Donald Trump’s claim about Muslims celebrating 9/11 in New Jersey accurate?

Donald Trump should stick to Miss Universe pageants
Donald Trump at a beauty pageant

Now, nobody is going to say that this blog or its author are soft on radical Islam. But that doesn’t mean that every accusation against Muslims is automatically correct.

Donald Trump says that Muslims celebrated after the 9/11 terrorist attack in New Jersey. Is he right?

Well, here’s the fact-check from the non-partisan The Hill.


As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to offer newspaper clippings and soundbites he says are proof of his claim that he saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslim Americans cheering the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in the streets of New Jersey, the TV network responsible for the rumor is stepping in to debunk it.

Digging deep into its archives, MTV News uncovered the Nov. 17, 2001, clip credited with launching the “celebrating Muslims” claim and re-released it in a short video titled “Trump Is Wrong About People ‘Cheering’ 9/11 In New Jersey — Here’s The Evidence.”

In the footage, a young Patterson, N.J., resident named Emily Acevedo is seen describing a group of teenagers — “13, maybe 14 at most” — chanting and banging sticks and stones on public property in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. “They were saying ‘burn Amerca’ and, you know, all these things about America.”

[…]Revisiting the events of that night 14 years later, Acevedo tells MTV what she saw was “not anything different than what would’ve happened on any other summer night, on any other day where school was let out early.” She said she did not recall saying in 2001 that the teens were chanting “burn America.”

“I don’t recall them or hearing the kids say ‘burn America.’ If anything, they were problably saying ‘burn something’ but not ‘burn America.’ “

Why can’t Trump admit that he was wrong about this?

Trump did a radio interview with moderate Republican Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday night. I think the interview was a good opportunity for Trump to explain his knowledge of foreign policy. So how did it go?

The MP3 file is here.

And here is a sample from the transcript:

HH: Let me switch over to national security. I always ask you this question, Donald Trump. Are you ready to roll out your national security advisory team, yet?

DT: Well, I’m meeting with people. We’re going to let you know over the next two or three weeks who they are. I think they want to be known, but I’m meeting with people. I have, you know, I feel I have a very good grasp of national security. You know, and you and I have not discussed this, but I wrote a book, The America We Deserve. And in the book, I mentioned Osama bin Laden.

HH: We did. We did talk about that once.

DT: Okay.

HH: And you were way ahead of the time.

DT: And you know, a lot of people are saying well, Trump mentioned that in his book before the World Trade Center came down, two years before the World Trade Center came down. I said you’ve got to get him, and he was a guy that was just a nasty guy talking big stuff. And I said you’d better get him, you’d better watch out for him. I didn’t like him, and you know, it was mentioned. I talked about terrorism before terrorism was terrorism.

HH: But I’d like to know your generals.

DT: And that got some current from some people.

HH: I’d love, you know, like Ben Carson has General Dees, and other people have different generals advising them. Have you got any two-stars, three-stars, four-stars that are going to sign up with Trump?

DT: The answer is yes. Oh, yes, I do. Yes, I do.

HH: And when do we get them, because I want to talk to them.

DT: I would say within the next three to four weeks.

HH: Terrific.

DT: And I’m working with them, and I’m, you know, I feel I have a very good grasp. One of them said wow, you really understand foreign policy, and you really understand military policy. A general told me that. He was shocked, actually, if you want to know the truth, because he assumes that I’m, you know, really great at real estate, and really good at deals, but I really do have an understanding of that, and I know what to do. And I see what’s happening, and I listen to some of our so-called experts on television, and it makes you nauseous to listen to them, because they don’t know what they’re talking about. So you know, I think it actually could end up, you know, every poll shows that I’m the best on leadership, I’m the best on the economy, I’m the best on the borders, and you know, and the best on terrorism. Some people have me as the best on the military. I think the military is going to be a very strong point if I win. I think the military is going to be a strong point, Hugh.

Hugh has been asking him that question for months, and the answer is always “soon, soon”.

WhenI look at Trump’s record, and I don’t see actions that cause me to believe that he is interested in foreign policy. He acted on some TV shows, but he hasn’t got the credibility on these issues that I am looking for in a President. The Presidency is not an entry-level job. There is no time for training. We already had 8 years of someone with no experience and no ability who could talk a good game, and that cost us dearly. Let’s pick someone who actually has experience in these matters. Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio would both work for me, but I much prefer Ted Cruz.

5 thoughts on “Is Donald Trump’s claim about Muslims celebrating 9/11 in New Jersey accurate?”

  1. The standard has been set so low, so the love affair with Trump is not surprising. America is in dire straits. We need a miracle. Cruz is probably our best hope.

  2. Marco Rubio drifts with the political winds, constantly flip-flopping on positions. He wouldn’t be much different than Jeb. I don’t think the “thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheering 9/11” is such a big deal. We know that a significant percentage of American Muslims agree with things like that, and there were hundreds of thousands around the world cheering. At least Trump understands the threat from Muslim extremists.

    1. Wow! I never expected you to be a protectionist about skilled immigrants.

      Personally, I don’t believe one thing that comes out of Trump’s mouth. He has never acted on any of his new election-campaign beliefs in the past. He’s just saying what a certain segment of America wants to hear. But he’s never tried to solve any of these problems… too busy shoveling money at Hillary Clinton and other Democrat politicians.

  3. I don’t mind skilled immigrants if we need them, if there aren’t qualified Americans available, and if they are paid the same. All of these are not true, however.

    A large percentage of Americans with STEM degrees are locked out of the market because of the H1B situation. And we have Americans training their H1B replacements at many corporations.

    Norm Matloff has written a fair amount on the tech situation. It’s not getting better for American workers and college graduates.

    This is just a plan by corporate elites and leftists to water down American culture and destroy what little of the country is left while denying normal Americans access to the American dream.

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