On Monday, when President Trump signed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund extension, he told a story of being at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terror attacks, that immediately got unhinged liberals coming out of the woodwork to claim he was lying. Kyle Griffin, a producer at MSNBC, actually claimed there was no evidence Trump was ever at Ground Zero after 9/11:
Trump claims without evidence to an audience that includes 9/11 first responders: "I was down there [at Ground Zero] also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder, but I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you."
Via CBS pic.twitter.com/SbPuKbDwxt
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 29, 2019
CNN’s Chris Cillizza also strongly implied Trump was lying:
Reminder: This happened today
"I was down there also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder. But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you." — Donald Trumphttps://t.co/Lw2HLcsfFm
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) July 30, 2019
Others in the media quickly piled on, challenging Trump’s claim. The New York Times even fact-checked his claim, citing a retired NYFD deputy chief who said Trump was never at Ground Zero. Business Insider ran a story with the headline, “Trump said he was ‘down there’ at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, but there’s no evidence he was ever closer than a few blocks away.” In more than one interview conducted in the days after the attack, Trump told of crews he had been helping in recovery efforts, and here’s one clip that shows, definitively, Trump was at Ground Zero after the attacks.
Hey, check out this great video of NBC News finding out from President Trump what the aftermath is like since he was there pic.twitter.com/1ci1ISDOLo
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) July 30, 2019
So, there is tangible proof he was there, and there are other similar videos from other outlets as well.
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis