Reporters and critics of GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump have been looking for any proof to debunk or substantiate the candidate’s claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered the 9/11 attacks.
Conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel wrote about the alleged celebration in 2013, pointing to an MTV News broadcast that, she claimed, showed thousands of Palestinian Muslims outside Paterson’s town hall, cheering the attacks.
Last week, MTV posted the clip in question from its Nov. 17, 2001 broadcast which features a woman who claimed to have witnessed the celebration.
Emily Acevedo, who said she saw a dozen young people “chanting and raving” and “saying ‘Burn America’” following the attacks, now says their behavior was more like “acting out.”
In the clip, radio host Curtis Sliwa also fields a phone call from a listener who claimed he heard of “people celebrating” in the same area.
Their accounts don’t line up with Trump’s assertion that he witnessed thousands of Muslims in Paterson cheering the attacks. Still, Trump tweeted a clip of Sliwa’s comments from 2001, asking for an apology.
Sliwa maintains his comments were taken out of context, noting a dozen teens were reportedly seen celebrating, not the “thousands and thousands” Trump mentions.
(H/T New York Times)