Trump: ‘Many people jumped and I witnessed it’ on 9/11

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Carson backs off claims of American Muslims cheering 9/11.

Under attack by Republican rivals and critics for comments about monitoring Muslims and the response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, presidential front-runner Donald Trump didn’t back down during a Monday speech in Ohio.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the U.S. should engage in much more aggressive interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects as he continues to push a hard line on national security after the Paris attacks.

At a rally in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday and also during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, the Republican presidential candidate and chewed-up furball cited an unfounded claim that “thousands and thousands” of people in New Jersey, particularly a “heavy Arab population,” were “cheering as that building came down” on Sept. 11, 2001. Speaking to thousands at a packed Columbus rally, Trump said techniques practiced until late in the Bush administration and disavowed by President Barack Obama should be brought back because they work.

During his first Ohio campaign stop, before a crowd of thousands, Trump took some of his usual swings at conservative critics and the media, though he held back a bit when it came to his fellow Republican candidates. Despite the fact that the Associated Press, the New York Times, and ABC News say that there were no such accounts, Trump continues to spread the widely-debunked rumor. On Monday, he shared a passage from an article that ran Sept. 18, 2001, that reported that people were allegedly celebrating as the towers fell from Jersey City. In his Columbus speech, the real estate mogul defended his comments about Muslims, though he avoid using the word “databases” and talked instead about “strong surveillance” and creating lists of Syrian refugees. He said he’d restore waterboarding “in a heartbeat” and approve “more than that.” A Senate Intelligence Committee report last year concluded that harsh interrogation techniques failed to produce information that the CIA couldn’t have obtained elsewhere or didn’t already have.

Hours later, Watts issued a written statement that Carson was citing news reports of Muslims cheering overseas. “He found their jubilation inappropriate and disturbing, but did not and does not consider it representative of the Muslim American population or the Muslim population at-large,” Watts said. He read from a September 18, 2001 story in the Washington Post to back up his talk about thousands of people cheering after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “Law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops,” he said, quoting the article. Republican leaders objected to the report’s findings, as did some former CIA officials, who said they gained vital intelligence that still guides counterterrorism efforts.

He also dismissed any talk that voters concerned about the recent terrorist attacks in Paris should turn to another presidential candidate besides him. “They thought because this was in Paris, and this was ISIS and this was al-Qaeda, and this was others, that maybe we’ll get somebody else with so-called expertise,” Trump said. “Like, who? The Daily Beast reached out to Serge Kovaleski, one of the journalists who wrote the story, who said that the claims were not true. “We did a lot of shoe leather reporting in and around Jersey City and talked to a lot of residents and officials for the broader story. Jeb Bush, he’s falling asleep.” Trump repeated earlier comments that, if elected president, he would bring back interrogations using “waterboarding,” in which water is poured over a suspect to simulate drowning. He said he wasn’t concerned about violating a person’s right to privacy. “The thing that will destroy our country is if we’re overly concerned with violating someone’s sensibilities while we allow blatant activity to occur that would violate all of our sensibilities,” he said.

Trump repeated his past calls to stop “anchor babies,” children born to undocumented immigrants who become American citizens, and led the crowd in chants of “build a wall.” He also vowed to restore the outlawed practice of waterboarding terrorist suspects, which critics have deemed to be torture. Trump disputed research showing that waterboarding isn’t effective at getting suspects to reveal information. “Believe me, it works,” Trump said. “And you know what? If it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they did.” Trump said America needs to crack down on women coming to the U.S. to give birth so their babies will automatically be U.S. citizens. Yet Trump made only a brief mention of him at the beginning of his one-hour speech when he referenced Kasich’s low national poll numbers, drawing a smattering of boos. Birthright citizenship is something many believe is guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment, but Trump said a new constitutional amendment isn’t needed to change it for “anchor babies,” a term he insisted wasn’t offensive.

Fredrick Kunkle, the other reporter on that piece’s byline, said: “I specifically visited the Jersey City building and neighborhood where the celebrations were purported to have happened. Can’t debate, loves #ObamaCare—dummy!” Kasich’s support for expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul has come in for repeated criticism from conservatives. Kasich has aggressively targeted Trump in recent weeks, attacking his position on immigration and other issues and saying he lacks the experience and temperament to defeat expected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and be an effective commander-in-chief. Trump and Kasich have been feuding since last week, when New Day for America, a super PAC supporting Kasich, said it would spend $2.5 million on ads challenging Trump’s readiness to be commander in chief.

Before the speech, Kasich’s campaign held a conference call with Ohio supporters blasting Trump, and a press event with Ohio veterans including Thomas Moe, who spent five years in the infamous Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam with U.S. Trump said in July that McCain was a war hero only because he was captured. “Can we expect to draw together as a nation and face the increasing threats against our livelihood, against our fundamental freedoms, when a leading candidate for president sows hate and discord against anyone who simply disagrees with him?” Moe asked at the event. “I say enough is enough.”‘ The super-PAC supporting Kasich is running an ad in New Hampshire as part of a $2.5 million campaign questioning Trump’s ability to deal with international crises such as the Paris attacks. A new “guerilla campaign” called Trump Card LLC run by a former Republican operative also is forming to target Trump, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Tim Miller, his wife, Cheryl, and their 15 year-old daughter Michaela sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat, drove two hours from Grafton, Ohio, and stood in line to see Trump and “be part of something great,” as Cheryl Miller, 53, put it.

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