Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, has refused to back down from statements made during recent campaign events and speeches claiming that there were celebrations in New York and New Jersey in the days immediately following the attacks of 9/11 in 2001.

Despite attempts by the media to debunk the claims, two well-known officials who were at the center of events at the time have confirmed that such celebrations did, in fact, occur in the days after 9/11.

Former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, who was the face of response and recovery operations in his city at the time, confirmed that there were, in fact, “pockets of celebration in Queens and in Brooklyn” in an interview with CNN’s Alysin Camerota. When asked if these were rumors or merely reports, Giuliani again confirmed that they were actual incidents that the New York police department had checked out and found to be true.

Bernie Kerik, the New York City Police Commissioner on 9/11 also said there were reports of celebrating in New York City and in New Jersey, specifically in Patterson and possibly Jersey City.

Trump has also pointed to contemporaneous newspaper articles describing celebrations following the attacks, including a Washington Post article published on September 18, 2001 reporting that “law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks [of 9/11] and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.”

Trump tweeted, “I want an apology!”

He has also posted a screenshot of a September 14, 2001 “op-ed” piece from the New York Post, “The Problem Is Radical Islam,” by Fred Siegel, a weekly columnist for the paper.

“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 attacks in New York and Washington.”

The Post’s “op-ed” piece has been taken down from it’s website, although other stories dated September 14, 2001 have remain.

Although Trump may have exaggerated in claiming “swarms” engaged in public celebrations cheering the attacks, independent evidence does show that Muslims did, in fact, cheer the destruction of the World Trade Center towers and the loss of thousands of lives as the rubble9/ burned and desperate rescue efforts were still underway.

Four coordinated attacks using commercial jets commandeered by 19 Saudis at the direction of Osama bin Laden were launched on September 11, 2001.

Two of the planes were flown directly into the two World Trade Center Towers, killing nearly 3,000 including 343 firefighters who responded, 23 police and 37 other first responders.

Another plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

The fourth hijacked plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field by passengers who charged the cockpit in an futile effort to regain control from the terrorists.

The youngest victim of 9/11 was two-years-old; the eldest was 85.



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