Jersey City elected officials and Muslim leaders teamed up to take Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to task over his remarks claiming “thousands” of city residents celebrated after 9/11.
Held at the Islamic Center of Jersey City on Park Street, Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said that whether it’s ISIS or Donald Trump, no one will succeed in ripping our nation apart.
Awad also called Trump “a bigot” and “a liar,” explaining that a four-page ad taken out in The Washington Post by CAIR condemning the 9/11 attacks is the true sentiment felt by American Muslims.
Fulop said Trump’s “hate rhetoric” was “ironic” since Jersey City has allows been a place associated with the American Dream.
During the question and answer session with the media, Fulop doubled down “that there is no record” to prove any celebrations occurred in Jersey City shortly after 9/11. Jersey City Council members Rolando Lavarro, Rich Boggiano and Michael Yun also took the podium at the event, as did Paterson Council President William McCoy – shooting down speculation that any celebrations occurred in his urban city, either. On Tuesday, a YouTube video of a CBS broadcast after 9/11 mentioned that eight terrorists suspects celebrated on a Jersey City rooftop (no photos or video of the celebration were used in the report). Hatem Elhagaly, a member of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, without addressing the report directly, acknowledged such an isolated incident could have possibly happened, but added he was unaware of any such situation(s) taking place.