Giuliani: ‘I Didn’t See’ Muslims Celebrating 9/11
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, known for supporting right-wing policies, differed with Donald Trump when he suggested that he never saw New Jersey Muslims celebrating 9/11 after the attacks.
“I was, as you know, deeply involved in it,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” of the Sept. 11, 2001, incident.
“I heard reports of such things in New Jersey [and] New York, [but] I didn’t see it,” Giuliani, who ran for president in 2008, said of the event’s aftermath.
“I recently saw a Washington Post article that goes back to then describing some kind of celebrations, but no, I didn’t see news reports at the time,” he added. “But I did get reports from the police.”
The Hill reports:
Giuliani then praised New Yorkers for not turning on the city’s Muslim population in the wake of the attack by radical Islamists.
“The reality is, the night of September 11, I said to the people of New York, ‘you should not assign blame here,’” he said. “‘Otherwise we’re going to be like them and I want us to be a model.’
“But I didn’t just rest on that,” Giuliani continued. “I took the police and made it part of the CompStat program and we tracked it for a month and we had no serious incidents either way.
“We had a couple of language things,” he added. “Thank God we didn’t have a serious incident.”
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump began claiming last weekend that he recalls Muslim Americans in New Jersey celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center.
His remarks have since drawn skepticism from many media members and several of his rivals for the Republican nomination next year.
New Jersey’s former attorney general also disputed the outspoken billionaire’s claims in a statement issued Tuesday.
“We followed up on that report instantly, because of its implications,” said John J. Farmer Jr., according to The New York Times.
“The word came back quickly from Jersey City, later from Paterson — false report, never happened,” said Farmer, New Jersey’s chief law enforcement officer in 2001.
“Whatever the message, it is just plain wrong to cite thousands of Muslims dancing in Jersey City or Paterson on 9/11 as support,” Farmer added. “It never happened.”
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) additionally cast doubt on Trump’s claims Wednesday, arguing that they ignore the Muslim American community’s empathy after the attacks.
“I don’t believe it happened,” the 2016 Republican White House hopeful said. “[Trump] doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
“I know many Muslims who were just as angry and saddened as we were. He says these things to prey on people’s fears.”
Trump has repeatedly said his memory of the 9/11 attacks is factual, even calling for an apology from detractors last Monday.
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