As controversy continues to swirl around Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments that “thousands” cheered in the streets of Jersey City in the aftermath of 9/11, a CBS report has surfaced stating that eight terrorist suspects were “cheering on the roof” shortly after the attacks.
The report is undated, but based on the subject matter being discussed and the imagery being shown, it appears that it was originally aired in the immediate days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“Upon President Bush’s return to the White House today from Camp David, he vowed to ‘get the evil doers,’ saying they had made a terrible, terrible mistake,” one news anchor said leading off the segment, speaking over images of the destroyed Word Trade Center.
Shortly thereafter, another anchor, Pablo Guzman, spoke about the FBI raiding an apartment in Jersey City in connection to the attacks.
“However, what no one outside of the Terrorism Task Force knows is that just a couple of blocks away from that Jersey City apartment the FBI raided yesterday – where they had evidence removed – was another apartment building. One that investigators told me, quote, ‘is swarming with suspects.'”
“Suspects, who I’m told, were cheering on the roof when they saw the planes flying into the Trade Center. Police were called to the building by other neighbors and found eight men celebrating, six of them tenants in the building.”
The YouTube video, which was just uploaded yesterday by user “Citizen Video,” who has only uploaded one other video about “Muslim violence” in New York City two years ago, appears to have come from someone manually rerecording a CBS report that was taped on VHS.
Trump has come under fire for claiming he witnessed “thousands and thousands” of people celebrating in Jersey City after 9/11, remarks that drew the ire of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.
Gov. Chris Christie, another Republican presidential candidate, this week firmed up his stance on Trump’s comments: stating that large-scale celebrations over the attacks in New Jersey “didn’t happen.”
Christie initially said “I do not remember that” when questioned about Trump’s comments, something that Fulop, a likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2017, also took a swipe at.
An email sent to city spokesman Ryan Jacobs asking about the newly surfaced CBS report was not immediately returned this morning.