Donald Trump is citing a 2001 story from a New York CBS affiliate to back up his claim that “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks. Nope, says Guzmán.
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Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's campaign continues to defend his claim that "thousands and thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but the journalist who reported the story that the Trump campaign cites as evidence says Trump got it wrong.
On Tuesday night, Trump's campaign seized on a 2001 report by a local New Jersey CBS affiliate on allegations of eight people celebrating the attack on a Jersey City rooftop.
"There's another apartment building (in Jersey City), one that an investigator told me, quote 'is swarming with suspects,'" local CBS reporter Pablo Guzmán reported at the time. "Suspects whom I'm told were cheering on the roof when they saw the planes slam into the Trade Center."
"Now police were called to the building by other neighbors and found eight men celebrating — six of them tenants in the building," Guzmán continued. "The FBI and other terrorist task force agencies that arrived and the older investigators on the task force recall that they had been to this building before eight years ago, when the first World Trade Center attack led them to Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, whose Jersey City mosques lies between the two buildings getting attention today."
Here's a video of the report:
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