NJ mayor rips Trump over claim American Muslims celebrated 9/11 attacks

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Donald Trump Is Using False Statistics to Make a Racist Point.

On Sunday morning, Donald Trump told Fox News that a Black Lives Matter protester who was assaulted at a rally in Alabama on Saturday “maybe … should have been roughed up” for interrupting. Republican nominee Donald Trump has been heavily criticised after he retweeted an image featuring erroneous homicide data that grossly misrepresented African-Americans.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he saw people cheering the September 11 attacks across the river in New Jersey — a claim officials strongly deny. The tweet, first shared today, claimed only one percent of African-Americans have been killed by police, as opposed to two percent of Caucasian Americans, suggesting police favouritism. However, presenting false racially-biased statistics a day after an African-American protester was thrown out of one of his events, doesn’t send the best message.

The graphic, first tweeted by a Twitter account called @SexyPatriots and then retweeted by @SeanSean252, cited data from an organization called Crime Statistics Bureau in San Francisco, suggesting that blacks were responsible for most killings of black people —and most killings of whites. Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Trump did his weird version of a manual retweet of an image depicting a man (in this context, assumed to be black), with a bandana over his face pointing a gun sideways towards a list of wholly fabricated statistics. The Birmingham rally marks the latest example of Trump’s refusal to back down amid outcries over his often-incendiary racial and religious rhetoric — and comes as polls show him once again with a clear lead over the rest of the candidates seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Mr Trump, who has a reputation for making bombastic, inflammatory comments, recently claimed thousands of New Jersey Arab residents celebrated the fall of the Twin Towers.

He has also suggested illegal immigrants be deported to remote locations, as part of the controversial 1950s “Operation Wetback” program, which led to incidents of physical abuse, civil rights violations and countless deaths. There’s an obvious reason for that: Most people are killed by someone they know – as is the case in 78.1 percent of homicides between 1980 and 2008, as The Washington Post have noted before — and most people are related to and live near people who are of the same race as themselves. Mercutio Southall Jr., a well-known local activist who has been repeatedly arrested while protesting what he says is unfair treatment of blacks, interrupted Trump’s rally and could be heard shouting, ‘‘Black lives matter!’’ A fight broke out, prompting Trump to briefly halt his remarks and demand the removal of Southall.

They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down,” he said. “I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it,” he added, “but there were people cheering as that building came down, as those buildings came down. At one point, Southall fell to the ground and was surrounded by several white men who appeared to be kicking and punching him, according to video captured by CNN.

And that tells you something.” “Trump is plain wrong, and he is shamefully politicising an emotionally charged issue,” said Fulop. “No one in Jersey City cheered on September 11th. A Washington Post reporter in the crowd witnessed one of the men put his hands on Southall’s neck and heard a female onlooker repeatedly shout, ‘‘Don’t choke him!’’ As security officers got Southall on his feet and led him out of the building, he was repeatedly pushed and shoved by people in the crowd. While rumors have circulated on the internet for years that American Muslims celebrated the attacks in Paterson, New Jersey, police officials and religious leaders denied it at the time. “Trump needs to understand that Jersey City will not be part of his hate campaign,” said Fulop. “Clearly, Trump has memory issues or willfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party.’“ George Pataki, the governor of New York at the time of the attacks who is also running for the Republican presidential nomination, responded on Twitter.

Officials have repeatedly debunked these persistent Internet rumors — most commonly attached to Paterson, N.J., rather than Jersey City — and there is no news coverage or other evidence corroborating them. In the same FBI report, it clearly states that 82.3 percent of whites are in fact killed by other whites, which is very similar to the number of blacks killed by blacks (89.9 percent). Finally, when the Daily Beast reverse google image searched the picture, the only yielded results were attributed to YouTube videos in Arabic, which featured a duplicated image of the man in the picture Trump shared. And this was a very obnoxious guy who was a troublemaker who was looking to make trouble.” That was a change in tone from just a month ago, when Mr.

There were no flags burning, no one was dancing.’’ Trump, who led the field at 32 percent in a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday, has long made provocative statements a hallmark of his campaign. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Trump’s comments about Islam are ‘‘manipulating people’s angst and their fears.’’ After the Birmingham altercation, Southall told the AL.com news site that the commotion started as he began recording himself and other protesters at the rally and saying that he wanted ‘‘Donald Trump to know he’s not welcome here.’’ Southall said someone knocked the phone out of his hand and made a racial slur. Trump has had Secret Service protection since Nov. 11, and those who attend his rallies and political events must now walk through metal detectors and have their bags searched.

Build a wall!’’ In his nearly hour-long speech, Trump listed graphic details of killings committed by people who had entered the country illegally, promised to bar Syrian refugees from living in the United States because they might be terrorists and called for heavy surveillance of ‘‘certain mosques.’’ From the media area, reporters strained to see what was happening. As the video circulated on social media that night, some of Trump’s supporters took to Twitter to call the protesters ‘‘thugs,’’ ‘‘Dem plants’’ and a variety of obscene names. Several wrote that the protesters opened themselves up to the possibility of violence by attending the rally. ‘‘Look at those bloodsuckers back there,’’ Trump said. ‘‘They’re turned around, and they’re following the people, right? Trump’s claims “irresponsible” and “factually challenged.” Jerry Speziale, the Paterson police commissioner, told the Post’s Fact Checker: “That is totally false. Trump on “This Week” also outlined yet more controversial steps he would take in the name of national security if he becomes president, calling for the return of the widely discredited interrogation technique of waterboarding and repeating that he’d track Muslims and shutter mosques in the U.S.

Trump is showing renewed support among likely Republican voters after the IS attacks in Paris gave him a chance to showcase a “tough on terror” message.

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