A video of President Trump bragging about having the “tallest building” in downtown Manhattan hours after World Trade Center collapsed resurfaced on Friday after Trump tweeted an edited video attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for out of context comments she made about the 9/11 attacks.
The video shows Omar speaking to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March interspersed with video of the 9/11 attacks.
Omar’s comments that “some people did something,” referring to 9/11, are spliced in between segments of footage, with the words “September 11, 2001 We remember” appearing at the end.
In response to Trump’s edited video, Twitter user @BettyBowers resurfaced an interview the then-real-estate mogul gave to New Jersey’s local TV channel WWOR hours after the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.
It was just a minute into his phone interview, and the multi-millionaire spoke about the size of his property, reports The Independent.
“40 Wall Street actually was the second tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest. And then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second tallest,” Trump said.
“And now it’s the tallest,” he boasted.
He added: “I have a window that looks directly at the World Trade Center, and I saw this huge explosion. I really couldn’t even believe it.
“Now, I’m looking at absolutely nothing. It’s just gone. It’s just hard to believe.”
You know what will always be THE MOST DESPICABLE RESPONSE TO 9/11?
You bragging in real time that it made your building the tallest in lower Manhattan. You’re not just disrespectful; you’re a sociopath.
Yeah, and we will never forget either. pic.twitter.com/Oo7BIrolVZ
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) April 12, 2019
Trump also claimed to have helped clear rubble after the collapse of the world trade center during the 2016 campaign.
“Everyone who helped clear the rubble — and I was there, and I watched, and I helped a little bit — but I want to tell you: Those people were amazing,” Trump said. “Clearing the rubble. Trying to find additional lives. You didn’t know what was going to come down on all of us — and they handled it.”
There is no evidence Trump helped clear any rubble.
The Washington Post adds:
Trump has mentioned the attacks in other contexts on the campaign trail. The Daily Beast looked at his claims that he’d lost “hundreds of friends” in the attacks, which seems fairly obviously hyperbolic. And, of course, there was his infamous assertion that he watched Muslims in New Jersey celebrating as the buildings fell. That claim has been repeatedly debunked.