Donald Trump demanded an apology from people who noted there is zero evidence that "thousands of people" in New Jersey were cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Trump made that claim on ABC News's This Week on Sunday. On Monday, Trump tweeted a Washington Post article from Sept. 18, 2001 that said, in part, "authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river." One of the reporters, Serge Kovaleski, revisited the story in an email to The Daily Beast on Monday.
"We did a lot of shoe leather reporting in and around Jersey City and talked to a lot of residents and officials for the broader story. Much of that has, indeed, faded from memory. But I do not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember."
Ben Carson echoed Trump on Monday, saying he saw "the film" of people in New Jersey cheering.
— Justin Miller