Today marks 17 years since the most horrendous terrorist attack on U.S soil. September 11, 2001 will be a day that will always live in infamy. On that day, 2993 people lost their lives, while approximately 8900 others were injured when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in Manhattan, another plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC, and a fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
At that time, current President Donald Trump was a real estate mogul in New York City. He was, and still is, the owner of the The Trump Building at 40 Wall Street. Prior to the construction of the World Trade Center, Trump’s building was the tallest in New York City, and after 9/11 it became the city’s tallest once again.
On that infamous day on September 11th, 2001, Donald Trump was in Manhattan as he says he witnessed the explosions take place at the World Trade Center before the Twin Towers came crumbling down. In the aftermath of this dreadful event, on the same day as the attacks took place, Trump spoke on live TV to a local television station, WWOR.
During his interview, Trump’s demeanor is strangely upbeat considering all that had taken place on that day. While some people argue that Trump proceeded to brag about his own building, others simply say that he was merely stating the facts. Whichever it is, Trump’s comments can certainly be considered “boastful,” to say the least.
As you can see and hear in the interview below, Trump stated the following:
“Well, it was an amazing phone call I made. 40 Wall street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually before the World Trade Center the tallest, and and then when they built the World Trade Center it became known as the second-tallest, and now it’s the tallest And I just spoke to my people, and they said it’s the most unbelievable sight, it’s probably seven or eight blocks away from the World Trade Center, and yet Wall Street is littered with two feet of stone and brick and mortar and steel.”
There were certainly a lot of emotions taking place on this day, and certainly plenty of confusion as well. Surely there were people who smiled, laughed, cried, and yelled in the aftermath of this event. That doesn’t make them any more or less human than another. Emotions can be a funny thing sometimes, so to hold this against Trump might be taking things a bit far, but regardless, it still happened.