9/11 Anniversary, Hurricane Florence Threatens, Trump Tweets About Russia Collusion & Hillary Clinton

Trump tweets about Russia collusion and Hillary Clinton on 9-11 anniverary and massive storm threatening the US East Coast

Today marks the 17th Anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in US history that resulted in mass casualties and transformed life as we know it forever.  At the same time, the biggest and most dangerous storm to threaten the East Coast in decades is bearing down Carolina’s and Virginia.  Trump’s response in light of the gravity of today’s headlines?  Tweet about Russia collusion, Hillary Clinton, and how bad his own Justice Department is:

“‘We have found nothing to show collusion between President Trump & Russia, absolutely zero, but every day we get more documentation showing collusion between the FBI & DOJ, the Hillary campaign, foreign spies & Russians, incredible.’ @SaraCarterDC @LouDobbs”

Should we be surprised at this point?  In light of his presidency and his absolute and complete self absorption with himself over the country he was elected to lead, no, we should not at all be surprised.  However, his narcissism hardly began with his presidency in matters as grave and solemn as an unprecedented event of massive American casualties, death of heroic first responders, and the utter destruction of two of our nation’s most iconic buildings in our nation’s greatest city.   Let us examine some of citizen Trump’s selfish and strange quotes and behavior in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and subsequent anniversaries and general commentaries.

September 11, 2001

“40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan… And now it’s the tallest.”

 The day the Twin Towers fell, Trump was speaking to radio station WWOR when he took a moment to brag about his nearby 71-story skyscraper, claiming the new title of being highest building in Lower Manhattan in the wake of the Towers having been felled.

Shortly after the attack, Trump filed a  $150,000 claim from the government to cover “rent loss” and “repairs”. That money had originally been set aside for small businesses in the area.

September 1, 2013

“I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.”

Trump marked the 9/11 anniversary on Twitter in 2013. He later deleted the tweet, but for reasons unknown, he kept his re-posting of the original tweet.

November 2015

“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down, and I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”

Then presidential candidate Trump said at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama, that people had celebrated the disaster across the Hudson from the Twin Towers. He later doubled down on his claim to news anchor George Stephanopoulos, adding that the cheers came from areas of New Jersey with “large Arab populations”. The claims remain completely unsubstantiated and were flatly denied by Jersey City Police and  Mayor Steven Fulop.

February 2016

“I lost hundreds of friends in 9/11.”

Trump insisted he knew many of the people working in the Twin Towers yet never named one single person. Trump  would have had to have known roughly one in 10 of the victims if his claim of knowing hundreds of the 2,996 victim was actually true.

August 2016

“Those people that knocked down the World Trade Centre most likely under the Trump policy wouldn’t have been here to knock down the World Trade Centre, just so you understand.”

At a campaign event, Trump insisted he would have been smarter on terrorism than his predecessor. This one is especially rich given that fifteen of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were citizens of Saudi Arabia, a country that is not included on the list of countries in his Muslim travel ban.


April 2017

“It’s the highest [ratings] for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.”

In an interview about his first 100 days in the White House with the Associated Press, Donald Trump bragged that his ratings on cable network shows like on Fox and CBS Face the Nation were higher than those for broadcasts of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

September 11, 2018

Today’s anniversary of 9/11 is unique in that it is also coinciding with the imminent pounding of a substantial portion of the southern East Coast of the US and a looming humanitarian crisis with mass destruction, likely loss of life, and loss of infrastructure and commerce for months or longer.  Yet despite the gravity of this day, Trump starts his day (that he ironically later bragged on Twitter about signing a proclamation establishing this day as Patriot Day) by tweeting about Russia collusion, Hillary Clinton and attacking the Department of Justice, one of the key agencies involved in counter-terrorism to prevent future attacks.

Trump defenders will naturally insist that Trump’s Tuesday morning’s Twitter activity reflects that the president can focus on many different things at once. He can attack his own Justice Department while also soberly remembering  9/11. And no doubt he is keeping a close concerned eye on Hurricane Florence, he just isn’t tweeting about it.
But such generous benefit of the doubt typical of the unwavering Trump supporter notwithstanding, to start a day like today with the national emotional significance of the 9/11 anniversary and the very real danger of a major East Coast hurricane by tweeting (again) “NO COLLUSION” and how the Justice Department has its priorities all mixed up speaks to an inability to focus on what matters to the country as opposed to what matters to Trump personally.
For Trump, the presidency isn’t about the country. The presidency is all about him and no national event, crisis or world affair will ever change the fact that nothing and nobody will ever upstage The Donald.

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