Muslims celebrating: why Donald Trump is right
Here is the original clip where Donald Trump says “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.”
Donald Trump did NOT say that there were thousands of Muslims at a single mass celebration. If there were at least two thousand people “cheering” throughout Jersey City, even though in small groups, then Donald Trump spoke the truth.
There were perhaps 10,000 Muslims living in Jersey City at the time. Did 20% of them cheer? No one was around to count them as they cheered and celebrated. And there was no task force set up to attempt to count them after the fact. It’s not illegal to cheer, so there was no police investigation. And it’s not a story the mainstream media was the least bit interested in investigating, because one of their objectives in post-9/11 reporting was to tell us not to hate the Muslims who live among us, and a factual investigation of the number of Muslims living among us who celebrated the 9/11 attacks would have the opposite effect of inciting Americans to hate Muslims.
Now consider this: there were and still are hundreds of thousands of Muslims living in the greater New York City metropolitan area at the time. If only one percent of them cheered, then it would be true that thousands of Muslims in the New York City metropolitan area did cheer. And the distinction between just Jersey City and the entire metropolitan area is not a distinction the mainstream media will concede.
No, the first reaction of the mainstream media to Trump’s comments was to insist that not a single Muslim cheered anywhere, and any such reports were false rumors. Well, it has now been proven that the mainstream media lied to you. The evidence that the mainstream media outright lied is well documented by this article at Breitbart. There are many accounts of Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attacks. Furthermore, the mainstream media has refused to own up to its lies, and instead they are still trying to push the story that not a single Muslim celebrated anywhere. MTV even had an eyewitness (a Hispanic woman) who in 2001 said that she saw Muslims celebrating in Patterson New Jersey recant her story. The mainstream media hypocritically accuses Trump of lying, yet they are clearly engaging in a conspiracy to hide from the American public the fact that some Muslims living among us celebrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
For reasons explained in this blog post by Luboš Motl, it’s simply willful ignorance or outright deceit to believe or claim that an unacceptable percentage of Muslims in the United States didn’t celebrate the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Thus I conclude that, even though Trump may have exaggerated the number of Muslims specifically celebrating in Jersey City (or maybe he didn’t, Luboš Motl thinks it’s a reasonable estimate), the spirit of his claim is correct, while the reaction by the mainstream media is outright deceitful.