Donald Trump claimed this in November 2015:
"I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering."New York Times
He later specified:
It did happen. I saw it. It was on television. I saw it. There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came downfactcheck.org
The NYT article claims:
[A] persistent Internet rumor of Muslims celebrating in Paterson, N.J., was discounted by police officials at the time. A search of news accounts from that period shows no reports of mass cheering in Jersey City.New York Times
And factcheck concludes:
[T]here is no evidence of it, the celebrating was not on TV and did not involve "thousands and thousands of people."factcheck.org
However, a month later, other websites report differently. For example breitbart states:
The DC Media has spent the last two weeks attempting to destroy Donald Trump with lies. Outright lies, and they are doing so in order to protect a 14 year-old cover up. Not only have eyewitnesses and contemporaneous reports proven Donald Trump 100% correct about Muslims celebrating 9/11, a just-uncovered local CBS News (WCBS-TV in New York) report completely vindicates Trump’s claim of “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center.
FACT: Donald Trump is now 100% vindicated. breitbart.com
They post a CBS report, but it doesn't seem to show recordings of thousands of people celebrating, nor does it seem to talk about thousands of Muslims celebrating.
The political insider claims:
Now, Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik has vindicated Trump in his claims, noting that there were many post-9/11 celebrations by NYC-area Muslims.
As One American News reports, Trump was right!thepoliticalinsider.com
The video seems to mention some reports about celebrations, but doesn't mention if these reports were confirmed, or if they involved thousands of Muslims.
My questions are:
- Did thousands of Muslims celebrate the attack on 9/11 in New Jersey?
- Was video of this celebration broadcast on TV?
- In case neither is true, is there proof of celebrations that involved more than a handful of people somewhere in the US?