Today is September 11th, the day we remember the devastating terror attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City and killed three thousand Americans, prompting the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the foreign wars that we still insist on fighting to this day, sixteen years later.
A solemn and somber day in our nation’s history, the anniversary of 9/11 is an important moment to remember the loved ones we’ve lost and reflect upon the consequences of the avalanche of terrible decisions that were made after and justified by the 9/11 attacks.
But President Trump failed to see the importance of this, instead deciding to talk through not one but two scheduled moments of silence at the Pentagon, according to Bloomberg TV reporter David Gura:
The moments of silence are timed to the moment that the hijacked planes first struck their targets.
so to clarify he talked through scheduled moments of silence, but not like he was talking while everyone was observing a moment of silence.
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) September 11, 2017
The President then returned to the White House, where he managed not to talk during his “official” moment of silence.
This is, of course, not the first time Donald Trump has run into 9/11 controversy, having lied multiple times about his actions following the attacks in order to make himself look better:
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) September 11, 2017
It is appalling to know that the President of the United States has so little respect for the 125 military men and women who lost their lives at the Pentagon on 9/11 that he’ll just babble on through moments of silence, utterly incapable of not obsessing over himself for a single minute.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.