Stands by 9/11 claim: Donald Trump Muslims
Published: November 29, 2015
Stands by 9/11 claim: Donald Trump Muslims, Donald Trump insisted on Sunday he was “100% right” when he said he saw Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center – even though fact-checkers have debunked his claim.
In a phone interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Trump said he was getting an “unbelievable response” from “hundreds” of people who told him they also saw televised Muslim celebrations of the 11 September 2001 attacks in Manhattan.
“I saw it. So many people saw it. And, so, why would I take it back? I’m not going to take it back,” said Trump.
Trump came under fire last week after making remarks at a rally and in a nationally televised appearance that he had seen thousands of people in Jersey City cheer the collapse of the Twin Towers in Manhattan. On Saturday, he appeared to reframe his words by saying the sentiment was shared worldwide.
Trump has been a frontrunner in many polls ahead of next year’s election. But as the fight against terrorism has come sharply into focus as a campaign issue following the attacks in Paris, he has lost some of his lead.
In the past five days, he has dropped 12 points from 43% to 31%, according to Reuters/Ipsos opinion polling of Republican voters nationally, though he continues to hold a wide lead over his competitors.
When his remarks were revisited as an issue on NBC on Sunday, he said: “All over the world – forget about New Jersey for a second – all over the world, it was reported that Muslims were celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center.”
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