Unrepentant Trump Refuses to Back Down on 9/11 Muslim Claims
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump fired back at “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on Sunday as he was pressed on the truthfulness of his claims on Muslim celebrations of the 9/11 attacks and the number of Syrian refugees.
Todd began the segment asking, “Can anything stop Donald Trump? Even the truth?”
Interviews with supporters at rallies showed that some admit all of Trump’s claims may not be accurate, but it isn’t a concern.
“The truth? You know what? He may [bend the truth] but he’s still going to get things done,” one woman at a rally said.
“When the media asks questions about him bending the truth, what’s going on in Washington right now? There’s never been more truth bending in our lives,” a man told a reporter.
Trump then was brought on live on the phone, and Todd challenged Trump, saying that Trump has demanded “pinpoint accuracy” from the media reporting on him, including his net worth.
“Why shouldn’t we demand the same pinpoint accuracy in the claims that you make?” Todd asked. “Isn’t it hypocritical of you calling us out if we’re not calling you out when you stray from the truth?
“Mr. Trump, if I said ‘Well, people have said Mr. Trump’s net worth is $10 billion’ you would say that was crazy … based on retweets and based on hearsay,” Todd said.
A fired-up Trump insisted, “This is much different.”
Todd countered that since Trump is running for president, “Your words matter. Truthfulness matters. Fact-based stuff matters.”
“Take it easy, Chuck. Just play cool,” Trump said.
He stood by his claim that President Barack Obama wants to allow 200,000 Syrian refugees into the country, not just the 10,000 the government claims. And he said he has been told by hundreds of people in person and on Twitter that they, too, saw Muslims in New Jersey on television celebrating the 9/11 attack on New York City.