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Those ‘Celebrating 9/11 Muslims’ Trump Claims? Guess Where They Were Really From

Donald Trump, we can now say with great assurance, is a liar, a demagogue, and a massive dillhole.

Just this week, we have heard the GOP frontrunner double and triple down on comments regarding how he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating when the World Trade Center was struck by two commercial airliners on September 11, 2001. Here is exactly what he claims:

“It did happen, I saw it with my own eyes. There were thousands of people that were cheering, on the other side of the river [in Jersey City]… I know it may not be politically correct to talk about, but there were people cheering as those buildings came down. And that tells you something. It was well covered at the time, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good”

Not good, but also not the least bit true. Once again, we see that Trump will say or do anything in order to get media attention and boost his standing in the polls.

Who Was Celebrating?

So who were these allegedly celebrating people Trump talks about? Well, they weren’t Arab Americans. They weren’t Arabs at all. No, it turns out they were Israeli citizens.

On 9/11, a woman who only wanted to be identified as Maria said she saw something disturbing on that horrible morning 14 years ago:

“Maria says she saw three young men kneeling on the roof of a white van in the parking lot of her apartment building. ‘They seemed to be taking a movie,’ Maria said.

“The men were taking video or photos of themselves with the World Trade Center burning in the background, she said. What struck Maria were the expressions on the men’s faces. “They were like happy, you know…They didn’t look shocked to me. I thought it was very strange,’ she said.”

“We Are Not Your Problem”

Maria took down the license plate number of the van and called the police. Soon, the FBI was also involved. When the men were being arrested, they told authorities:

“We are Israeli. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem.”

The men were thought to be spies working for the Israeli security forces in the United States. They were, authorities now believe, members of the Mossad.

So who was celebrating on 9/11 as thousands of innocent Americans were incinerated in the Twin Towers? Well, it would appear they were Israeli citizens, NOT Muslims. And yet, isn’t the nation of Israel one of our allies? This report makes it sound as if they are about as reliable as our old “friends” in Saudi Arabia.

Return of the Big Lie

All of this false information being propagated by Trump and his minions puts me in mind of something a historical figure once said:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Who was the person that quote came from? Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels. Sounds like the Big Lie is being used once again to mislead a country into electing a man who wants only to stir up fear, hatred, and to gain power for himself.

 

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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