I heard Trump say during the debate that he had lost “hundreds of friends” on 9/11, and I immediately thought, “Really? That’s an awful lot of friends. I wonder if anyone’s ever challenged him on that.” And then I promptly forgot about it, since so much else was happening.
Well, The Daily Beast didn’t forget, and so they challenged him, and quelle surprise:
Two days after Donald Trump claimed that he “lost hundreds of friends” at the World Trade Center as a result of the 9/11 attack, his campaign continued to ignore a Daily Beast request that he name even one.
With silence comes the possibility that Trump told the most reprehensible lie of the campaign, just a few breaths from when he called both Sen. Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush liars.
By his math, Trump is trying to tell us that at least one in 10 of the 2,983 who died on 9/11 were his friends.
“If he has hundreds of friends, he should be able to tell us about them,” said a Port Authority police officer who never talks about how many comrades he lost. “If he can tell us about the hundreds of friends he lost, who they were, what kind of person they were, I might have some respect for him.”
So far he hasn’t been been able to tell the names of ten—or of one.
The cop also wonders why nobody seems to recall seeing Trump at the seemingly endless funerals that followed the attack…
…Trump was also on record saying that none of his properties were damaged in the attack.
But, as the New York Daily News has reported, Trump accepted a $150,000 federal grant that was part of a program meant to assist small businesses affected by 9/11.
That becomes all the more disgraceful if the news site The Smoking Gun is right in suggesting that in the four years after the attack, Trump did not make a single contribution to assist the victims of 9/11, hundreds of friends or no.
The Smoking Gun reports that the records of the Donald J. Trump Foundation show a single donation in 2006 of $1,000 to a “detox” Scientology program of uncertain value for first responders.
Trump did pledge $10,000 to the Twin Tower fund while calling into The Howard Stern Show, but an online search produces no record of him actually making it. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks has told the Daily Mail that Trump “has donated close to half a million dollars to organizations as a result of the 9/11 tragedy including the American Red Cross and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Fund.”
Hicks said this was “in addition to a total of $102 million donated to hundreds of charitable foundations over a relatively short period of time, many of which helped people affected by 9/11.”
That $102 million may include land Trump donated to New York state after he abandoned plans to build a golf course. Trump enjoyed a considerable tax deduction…
Meanwhile, Trump offered to the press his opinions about the kind of memorial that should be built at Ground Zero, but seems to have contributed not a dime to building it.
He kicked in not even the price of admission to the 9/11 museum.
He does not appear to have attended any of the anniversary observances or to have participated in the reading of names…
If he has been to see the names inscribed at the memorial pools, he has been uncharacteristically inconspicuous.
Hey, if Trump can come up with these “hundreds,” I’ll take what I’m about to say back. But I highly doubt it will happen.
Con man. Liar. Exploiter of a terrorist attack. A man so secure in his sense that he is immune to exposure of his lies or consequences from lying that he will lie shamelessly and obviously when millions are watching and the spotlight is directly on him. Why anyone would still trust a single statement or promise he has made is utterly beyond me, except to say that a mind is a difficult thing to change.