Trump Stands By Claim Muslims Celebrated 9/11, Says 'Hundreds' of Others Saw it Too
Donald Trump is standing by his claim that he saw Muslims in Jersey City celebrating on September 11, 2001.
“I start getting phone calls by the hundreds,” he claimed. “They were there and they saw what I saw.”
At a campaign event in Columbus on Monday night he quoted a Washington Post article that was published a week after 9/11.
"In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners plowing into the World Trade Center authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks... Holding tailgate-style parties," it read.
Trump says the article proves he's telling the truth.
However, the reporter who wrote the article says: "I certainly do not remember anyone saying that thousands or even hundreds of people were celebrating. That was not the case."
The Jersey City Police Chief said there is no record of anyone detained for celebrating on 9/11.
Dr. Ben Carson initially appeared to confirm Trump's memory saying he saw a “newsreel” of Muslims celebrating the attacks in Jersey City.
But later on Monday, he walked back those statements.
"Dr. Carson is really not standing behind the statement he made today. The ample news footage of celebrations he saw was from the Middle East,” said a statement from Carson’s camp.
Marco Rubio rejected Trump's claims outright and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he has no memory of it either.
Rubio said: “It didn't happen and there are fact checks to prove it.”
“I think if it had happened I would remember it but there could be things I forget too,” Christie said.
Trump is also standing his ground on another controversy about those wildly inaccurate crime statistics he retweeted.
On Monday night’s O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly lashed out on the billionaire: “When you tweet out a thing, and this bothered me, I gotta tell you, you tweeted out that whites killed by blacks — these were statistics you picked up from somewhere — at a rate of 81 percent. And that’s totally wrong.”
“I didn’t tweet, I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert, and it was also a radio show,” Trump said.
The GOP presidential candidate then admitted: “Hey, Bill, Bill, am I gonna check every statistic? I get millions and millions of people."
O’Reilly called out Trump for his admission: "You’re a presidential contender, you gotta check 'em.”