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President was caught talking through a moment of silence for 9/11 victims


This September 11th was the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City and killed three thousand Americans, prompting the Iraq War, followed by the invasion of Afghanistan.

The anniversary of 9/11 is a somber day in our nation’s history, an important moment to pause and reflect on the loved ones lost on that day, as well as those lost in the wars that would follow.

President Trump, who continually breaks with precedent did so again as he decided to talk through two scheduled moments of silence at the Pentagon. David Gura of NPR and Bloomberg TV tweeted:

 


Gura’s tweets were then disputed by Steve Krakauer of none other than The Blaze. Apparently Krakauer feels that Gura’s account was misleading because, yes, this president did indeed blather right on through two moments of silence in observance of 9/11 but it’s not as though Trump did so surrounded by folks who were themselves observing the moments of silence. Why Krakauer thinks that this hair-splitting shows Trump in a kinder light remains a mystery.

Trump has gotten a lot of mileage out of 9/11. Let’s not forget the infamous and thoroughly debunked campaign assertion from November 2015. Trump said “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.” Though proven false immediately, the president has neither rescinded nor apologized for that bizarre lie.

 

 

And let’s never forget the time Trump was interviewed in the wake of actual 9/11 and inexplicably — even by the currently subterranean standards by which we measure this man’s behavior — managed to cram a humble-brag into the narrative. He was asked by the said Alan Marcus, a WWOR analyst, about whether his building sustained damage. Trump answered, “Well, it was an amazing phone call…I mean, 40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually before the World Trade Center the tallest, and then when they built the World Trade Center it became known as the second-tallest, and now it’s the tallest.”


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