America marked the solemn 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, with memorials, ceremonies, and social media users sharing their experiences from the worst foreign terrorist attack on our soil. While Jimmy Carter was unable to travel due to health restrictions, the other living former Presidents and their spouses–save for one glaring exception–joined President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden in lower Manhattan to mark the somber occasion. The Bidens traveled to all three crash sites, while former President George W. Bush spoke at a ceremony in Shanksville, PA, where he compared the feelings of violation and fear stoked by the 9/11 attacks to the events that occurred at the January 6th riot at the Capitol.
But Biden’s predecessor, who once famously and erroneously bragged that the buildings he owned were now the tallest in the city after the Twin Towers fell, grabbed a quick photo op with some New York City police before hopping a plane to Florida to call a boxing match in a casino.
Having already said he and his wife wouldn’t be attending any 9/11 memorials where President Biden and the other former Presidents would be, Trump decided it was a good idea to meet some New York City cops to try to make it look like he did something before he and his namesake son retreated to Florida to yell about two men beating each other up for money.
Incredible. Trump had the option of attending 9/11 memorial ceremonies in New York, spokesperson Liz Harrington says — but deliberately chose not to attend
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) September 11, 2021
The disaster that was the 9/11 celebrity boxing match and Trump’s guest commentary summed up perfectly: pic.twitter.com/YQGakMfaXJ
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) September 12, 2021
While no one was surprised by Trump’s absence, because he doesn’t belong at any event that demands reverence or respectful behavior, even his harshest critics were caught off guard for a brief moment when it was learned he was actually going to be the commentator at Evander Holyfield’s comeback fight on the 20th anniversary of the greatest tragedy this country has ever lived through. Twitter took Trump to task with the tone he deserved: utter contempt.
Y’all are acting like you’ve never seen a former POTUS skip 9/11 ceremonies to make an infomercial for the Moonies before calling a boxing match with his coked-out son while his ex-attorney and Russian mob enabler does drunk stand up at a bringer-show for criminals before.
— NoelCaslerComedy (@caslernoel) September 12, 2021
These are the kinds of people who chanted WE LOVE TRUMP at a boxing batch on 9/11: pic.twitter.com/FAlRwBB6g6
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) September 12, 2021
F Biden? F Joe Biden?
Nah! More like F Trump.
Former President Trump has spent this entire day making 9/11 all about himself. Spreading lies about the election and misinformation. Trump only cared about himself that day and nothing has changed.
He’s a narcissist and a coward. pic.twitter.com/a7url3is6L
— Excelsior Forever 🍁🍂 (@Kryptomovies77) September 12, 2021