President Trump commemorated the 9/11 attacks today by attending a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the site of the United 93 crash.
“Today, all of America wraps up and joins together,” the president said in prepared remarks. “We close our arms to help you shoulder your pain and to carry your great, great sorrow. Your tears are not shed alone, for they are shared grief with an entire nation. We grieve together for every mother and father, sister and brother, son and daughter who was stolen from us at the twin towers, the Pentagon and here in this Pennsylvania field.”
Well said. And very dignified. Of course…. this hasn’t always been the case. As HuffPo points out, Trump has a history of making “insensitive and false comments about the tragedy.”
He famously lied about the Arab populations in New Jersey cheering when the buildings came down, something that has been definitively debunked time and again.
Even more egregious, though, in my mind, were his on-air comments THAT DAY – ON 9/11 ITSELF –when asked by a radio host if his building on Wall Street sustained any damage. He actually answered by bragging that now that the Trade Center was gone, HIS building was the tallest downtown.
“40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest — and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest,” he said. “And now it’s the tallest.”
— Ess (@ScottyLiterati) September 11, 2016
Deplorable, deplorable, deplorable.