Fifteen years ago today, Lower Manhattan smoldered after the 9/11 terrorist attacks felled the World Trade Center’s twin towers, and New York’s local news turned to Republican nominee Donald Trump for comments live on television.
In that time of peril and tragedy, and all Donald Trump could talk about – as you’ll see in the video below – was to brag about the height of the office building he’s leasing on Wall Street:
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 was the tallest. And then when they built the World Trade Center it was the became known as the second tallest, and now it’s the tallest.
Firstly, what “amazing phone call” was Donald Trump talking about? Was he actually bragging about having a great idea to buy the building? Who knows.
The news anchor had asked Trump if his building was damaged and – as he’s all too frequently doing today – Trump didn’t answer the question asked whatsoever, filling in the time with self-promotional hype.
Pointedly, Trump completely ignored the property condition question because it would’ve put him on the record that his building had actually no major damages from the terrorist attack nearby. Clearly, he didn’t want to tell his insurance carrier on live television that the building was fine, and we don’t actually know if he made a private insurance claim or not since that’s not a public record.
But we found out recently that Donald Trump did dubiously score $150,000 in public money set aside after 9/11 for small business owners by claiming that the 70-story tower, whose lease is held by the Trump Organization was actually a “small business” itself.
While his hometown bled, Republican Donald Trump could think of little to say and certainly not the truth, so he deflected the honest questions of his local media interviewer, to preserve the potential to wring maximum profit from the worst national tragedy in our lifetimes.
Many people claim that Donald Trump is no Republican, but his naked self-promotion and profiteering response to 9/11 is actually the most hypocritically Republican thing he’s ever done.
Here's the disgusting audio of Trump on 9/11 bragging about how his building is now the tallest in Lower Manhattan: pic.twitter.com/4ufikWwOom
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) September 11, 2016
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition