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Trump to Chuck Todd on 9/11 Claim: “Take it Easy, Chuck. I’m Not Taking it Back”


Donald Trump told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Sunday he was not taking back his comments that American Muslims in New Jersey were cheering after September 11, 2001.

Todd repeatedly grilled Trump for saying last week “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in Jersey City, NJ, celebrated the World Trade Center attack. In fact, Todd spent more than half of the interview questioning and even rejecting Trump’s claim.

“You demand and you’ve demanded of me pinpoint accuracy when I report on things about you, including, for instance, your net worth,” Todd said in his very first question of the interview. “Why shouldn’t we demand the same pinpoint accuracy in the claims that you make?”

Trump didn’t back down, instead pointing to the calls, emails and tweets he has received from supporters backing up his claim.

“I saw it. So many people saw it … So, why would I take it back? I’m not going to take it back.”

As someone who lived in New Jersey during the attack and, unfortunately, lost family on that day, there is no doubt that American Muslims in the region were celebrating the attacks. However, the video footage of “thousands and thousands” in widespread celebration was in the Middle East, including Palestine, Iran and Pakistan. Outward celebration was quickly shot down in Jersey after most communities began to realize the gravity of their own situation in a post-September 11 America.

“Chuck, you have a huge Muslim population over there. And that’s fine. But you have a huge Muslim population. … Why wouldn’t it have taken place?” Trump asked. “I’ve had hundreds of people call in and tweet in on Twitter, saying that they saw it, and I was 100% right.”

The “Meet the Press” host questioned whether Trump should really cite tweets as evidence.

“You wouldn’t make a business deal based on retweets and based on hearsay. You’re running for president of the United States,” Todd said. “Your words matter. Truthfulness matters. Fact-based stuff matters. No?”

Trump fired back, making Todd look like he was coming unhinged, which in reality, he was.

“Take it easy, Chuck. Just play cool,” Trump replied. “This is people in this country that love our country that saw this, by the hundreds they’re calling, and they’re tweeting. And there’s a lot of people.”

Trump added: “I have a very good memory. I saw it somewhere on television many years ago and I never forgot it.”

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Laura Lee Baris is the Assistant Editor at People's Pundit Daily (PPD) and the Producer of "Inside the Numbers" with the People's Pundit. Laura covers politics, entertainment, culture and women's issues. She is also married to the People's Pundit, Richard D. Baris, and a mother to their two beautiful children.

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  • So Chuck, what about your dear leader’s integrity? Do you care that he lies daily? Does it matter to you that he went to bed while four American’s died in Benghazi? What about the lie that the IRS didn’t target conservative groups? What about his support for ISIS? Using our tax dollars to rebuild mosques all over the world? The list is endless.

    • I don’t seem to remember F. Chuck Todd (who worked many years for far left US Senator Tom Harkin) grilling 0bama like that when 0bama falsely claimed that if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan, period. If you like your hospital, you can keep your hospital, period. And the family of four will save on average $2,500 in lower insurance premium costs. No, and he’ll never grill sHrillary (she and Bill are great friends of Harkin) like that either.

  • chuck how about holding Hillary to the same accountability. You are such a girl.

    I don’t see how you can go home and look your children in the eye and tell them you love em. You are such a hypocrite

    • He is so in bed with the Fools. 0bama and those Blank, Blank, Blanks . He doesn’t know how to hold them accountable Because he is one of them. And oh by the way. He is no girl. That is disrespectful to girls. He may act like God knows what . Bu,t he’s no man either. He is just a little tool for the NUTZ>>>

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