Two years ago, Donald Trump's Twitter account sent a public message out to the world to "even the haters and losers" -- on September 11, the twelve-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Trump's tweet read: "I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th." But on Friday, with Trump currently leading the pack of Republican presidential candidates, the original tweet from the morning of September 11, 2013 vanished from his account. Then a manual re-tweet of the message -- dated later in the afternoon that same day -- remains. "@realDonaldTrump: I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th."— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2013 Trump frequently sends greetings to the "haters and losers" on holidays, like the Fourth of July: And Father's Day: The billionaire businessman has made a campaign trademark of … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Donald Trump’s 9/11 “haters and losers” Tweet deleted
Donald Trump on Friday suggested that former President George W. Bush deserves some blame for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In an interview with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle, Trump was asked how he would make the country feel safe and proud if he were president. The anchor first said Bush did so after the 2001 attacks and President Obama had to comfort the public after the Sandy Hook shooting. "Okay, I think I have a bigger heart than all of them. I think I'm much more competent than all of them. When you talk about George Bush, I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time," Trump said. Ruhle countered that Bush wasn't to blame. "He was President, okay? Don't blame him or don't blame him, but he was President. The World Trade Center came down during his reign," Trump replied. "If you look at Sandy Hook, those people are still begging for help. It's a disaster, and it's a disaster all over the place. Government has proven to be a disaster during the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Donald Trump: 9/11 attacks happened on President Bush’s watch
Last Updated Dec 2, 2015 12:46 PM EST Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is continuing to defend his story that he witnessed "thousands" of people in New Jersey cheering after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, even as new reports emerged to challenge the assertion. At a rally Tuesday night, Trump fired back at the critics calling for his apology, repeating that he "saw it" happening. "There were a lot of happy people over in New Jersey," Trump told a crowd gathered in Waterville, New Hampshire. "And I saw it and a lot of people saw it, and I'm getting hundreds of phone calls and a lot of other people are too, and things are all of a sudden materializing. So people said you should apologize. I said I don't apologize. Hey look, if I'm wrong about something, I want to apologize." Later that night, his campaign touted a local news report as proof of Trump's claim. A senior adviser to Trump, Daniel Scavino, tweeted … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo More questions emerge over Trump’s 9/11 celebrations claim
Republican front runner Donald Trump has not backed down from his assertion that he saw "thousands" of people in New Jersey cheering the September 11, 2001 attacks after they occurred, but MTV News on Tuesday released an archival news clip that challenges his story. As skeptics have asked Trump and his supporters to produce evidence of these alleged celebrations, some have cited MTV News' coverage in the wake of the attacks. More specifically, they've pointed to a 2013 blog post by conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel, in which she recalled watching an MTV report about the "thousands" of Muslim Americans cheering the attacks. In response to this, MTV re-published a clip from a report it produced in 2001 called, "Fight for Your Rights: The Aftermath of Terror." The clip from this report shows a young New Jersey resident who describes seeing "13, maybe 14 at most" teenagers apparently celebrating after the terrorist attacks. "They were kids," she says in the 2001 clip. "They didn't … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo MTV, Giuliani challenge Donald Trump’s 9/11 story
Over the winter holidays, my family and I visited the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan. Though it had opened in 2014, and we live in nearby New Jersey, I’d never had much interest in going. After all, what else was there to learn? The attacks were documented as they happened: Like millions of others, I watched the towers come down in real time on TV; videos of the event are all over the web; books recount both the moment-by-moment drama of the tragedy as well the ancient historical forces that led to it. But the museum is powerfully stunning: It does a great job memorializing the horror of the day, and putting it into historical, architectural, and religious context. What struck me — and moved me — the most was the purely democratic, mixed-up, we're-all-in-this-together nature of the place. On the day we were there, the museum was filled with primarily non-white visitors (of many hues, languages, religions and dress codes). And those … [Read more...] about Visit the 9/11 memorial. It’s a needed Trump-era reminder of the real America.