Trump Refuses To Back Down From Claims That New Jersey Muslims Celebrated 9/11

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Though many of Donald Trump's statements on the campaign trail have been questioned, few have been more contentious than his claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the terrorist attacks in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

Although NPR, the New York Times, CNN and other media institutions have cast very serious doubts on his claims, and there is currently no evidence to suggest that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated 9/11, Trump reassured 14,000 supporters in Ohio on Nov. 23 that he’s right and not backing down.

Trump also told supporters he would fight ISIS, although he didn’t outline a strategy, NPR reported. 

"We gotta knock the crap out of them folks, I'll tell ya. We gotta knock them," he said.

Trump also expressed his support for torture.

"Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your a-- I'd approve it," he said. "You bet your a--. In a heartbeat.”

Though Trump’s claims about 9/11 are dubious, his supporters believe him.

“[I] heard about that, too, when it happened. ... A lot of 'em were cheering, especially over in the Middle East,” supporter Rick Johnson said.

When asked about Trump’s claims about New Jersey, Johnson said, "that's possible too.”

Sources: NPR (2), The New York Times, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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