On Tuesday, left-leaning members of the media used the 9/11 terrorist attacks — which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans — to attack President Donald Trump.
Many of the attacks launched by the president’s harshest critics were misleading in nature and received a significant amount of blowback online.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post that was widely condemned for suggesting that Trump was more damaging to America than “any terrorist attack ever could” be.
My Latest—> Trump is damaging the dream of America more than any terrorist attack ever could. https://t.co/DEnYurEFmW
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 11, 2018
Fox News’ Brian Flood documented some of the most notable criticisms of Scarborough’s op-ed as social media users slammed him, calling him “sick,” “classless,” “insensitive,” “disturbing,” “vile” and “insane.”
Scarborough tried to rectify the situation by saying he would try to be “less offensive to Trump supporters”:
Another tweet where Scarborough appears to be implying that only Trump supporters were offended by the 9/11 column on Trump being more of a threat than terrorism. Your ratio of the day below: https://t.co/mN8nNOitPy
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) September 11, 2018
HuffPost, a far-left publication, ran misleading and tasteless criticisms of the president.
In a tweet, HuffPost published a video documenting “how President Trump made 9/11 all about him with boasts and Islamophobia.”
However, the video is misleading as it focused on only the most negative actions by the president and all the examples cited happened before Trump became president.
Here’s how President Trump made 9/11 all about him with boasts and Islamophobia. pic.twitter.com/HJIUIJ7t6K
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) September 11, 2018
In another article, HuffPost fact-checked Donald Trump’s claim on September 11, 2001, that his building was the tallest in the area after the towers collapsed.
Just hours after the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11, Donald Trump falsely boasted that he now had the area's tallest building. https://t.co/DMln8JqYes
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) September 11, 2018
Many have used this statement from Trump, which lasted several seconds, to attack him, but they completely leave out the fact Trump made the statements in the course of an approximately 10-minute interview. His response came after one of the interviewers asked him about his building in the area.
New York Times columnist Charles Blow posted a video on Twitter, writing: “Never forget that @realDonaldTrump LIED about 9/11, falsely claiming that he saw Muslims in NJ celebrating on rooftops as people were dying that day. It was such a hateful, harmful lie.”
Never forget that @realDonaldTrump LIED about 9/11, falsely claiming that he saw Muslims in NJ celebrating on rooftops as people were dying that day. It was such a hateful, harmful lie. pic.twitter.com/iFs1wsIA66
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) September 11, 2018
However, a report from NJ.com shows that Blow is wrong, as retired Jersey City police Capt. Peter Gallagher noted that there were police reports of Muslims celebrating on 9/11.
Others, like Scott Dworkin, who has his own left-wing news site, claimed that Trump was lying about helping on 9/11.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 11, 2018
While many have criticized Trump’s comments about helping a little bit on 9/11, there is no conclusive evidence proving that he lied as Trump did not elaborate on details of what he did to help. Given his communication style and penchant for shooting from the hip at campaign rallies, it is hard to claim that Trump lied.
Others, like author John Pavlovitz idolized then-Senator Hillary Clinton while attacking Trump:
Being a compassionate human being.
Giving a damn.
62 million of you worship a man with contempt for this country, and despise a woman who loves it.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) September 11, 2018
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