Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is remaining defiant and refusing to recant his claim that thousands of Muslims celebrated in New Jersey after the World Trade Towers were brought down on Sept. 11, 2001. On Tuesday, he presented what he considers to be evidence and invited critics to apologize to him.
Trump presented a Sept. 14, 2001, opinion column authored by Fred Siegel who wrote, “In New York, it was easy to get angry listening to Egyptians, Palestinians and the Arabs of nearby Paterson, N.J., celebrate as they received word of the murderous attacks in New York and Washington.”
No other concrete evidence of Muslim celebrations in New Jersey appeared to be included in the op-ed.
Look at the editorial I was just sent from the NY Post on 9/14/01 - 3 days after collapse of WTC. Any apologies? pic.twitter.com/b6DKEOk8Px— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2015
In another tweet, Trump posted a video of WABC radio host and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa references cheering following the 9/11 attacks.
Curtis Sliwa - doing tv commentary on 9/13/2001. Good job Curtis. Please send your apologies to @realDonaldTrump. pic.twitter.com/g07VZmNmAW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2015
In an archived 2001 article from The Star-Ledger, Sliwa is quoted as saying small group of teenagers — not thousands — shouted “revenge” following the terror attacks.
"They got put in their place by the elders - they were clobbered. The reaction of the community as a whole, that's really the story they should tell instead of this complete denial. There are a lot of American flags flying down there now,” he reportedly said.
UPDATE: Curtis Sliwa responded to Trump on Tuesday, offering him "no apology."
No apology, @realDonaldTrump. Callers to @curtisandkuby on 9-11 said they saw 12 teens celebrating in Paterson.https://t.co/6h6VNIZZMG— Curtis and Kuby (@curtisandkuby) December 1, 2015
Thanks @realDonaldTrump for the trip down memory lane. I was saying there were a handful of people. Clip is edited. https://t.co/PnqhCv8zvV— Curtis Sliwa (@CurtisSliwa) December 1, 2015