President Donald Trump once claimed that he helped pull survivors out of the rubble on that fateful day back on 9/11/2001.
You’d think there might be some truthfulness to it, since Trump is from the state of New York, and geographically it’s at least feasible.
But, he didn’t. It was an outright lie.
Here is what he said:
“Everyone who helped clear the rubble — and I was there, and I watched, and I helped a little bit — but I want to tell you: Those people were amazing,” Trump said. “Clearing the rubble. Trying to find additional lives. You didn’t know what was going to come down on all of us — and they handled it.”
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 11, 2018
Trump also made some other strange claims about 9/11 that have yet to be verified.
Trump claims that he “lost hundreds of friends” out of the 2,753 people who were killed in New York. That would have been a pretty big percentage, at least 1/10 if the people who died.
He made the claim while campaigning for president and his campaign refused to name any of the friends that he lost.
His worst lie of all though was probably that time he promised to donate $10,000 to the Twin Towers charity fund, but never did. Trump made the claim on Howard Stern’s radio show just weeks after the attack. ABC reviewed the claim in October 2016 and verified that Trump, in fact, did not donate the promised money.
“My office has reviewed the donations made in the nearly 12 months following the attacks – and we didn’t find evidence that he contributed a single cent to the victims, our first responders, and to our city through the Twin Towers Fund,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, a Democrat, said in a statement to ABC News today. “In the wake of 9/11, New Yorkers came together, healed, and rebuilt. If Donald Trump claimed to donate and didn’t, if he claimed to support New Yorkers in a time of crisis and refused, then that would be just plain wrong.”
Last but not least – how we we know Trump is lying about helping out during 9/11? Trump said at a campaign rally back in November 2015 that he saw “hundreds of thousands of people” cheering when the Towers fell down. He said he was in New Jersey at the time.
“Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”
You just can’t make this stuff up, people.