Joe Scarborough asks Donald Trump the one question he has no answer for

A dour Trump told Joe Scarborough he thinks "they may have destroyed the video" 14 or 15 years ago


Scott Eric Kaufman
November 30, 2015 11:25PM (UTC)

On "Morning Joe" Monday, Donald Trump yet again proved that that he can't, he won't, and he don't stop when it comes to asserting that he saw American Muslims celebrating the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11.

MSNBC contributor Willie Geist asked him if he thought "there’s any chance that video you think you saw in Jersey City was the video of people in the West Bank celebrating September 11th," to which a dour Trump replied, "to bring it up again -- it’s so wonderful you brought it up again -- this is why you can’t get away from these subjects."

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Blaming the media for his own inability to substantiate claims he still stands by might not be the most logical of argumentative avenues to travel, but he's determined. "I saw it on television," he said, "fourteen years ago I saw it on television."

And if you don't want to take his word for it, he noted -- yet again -- that "I have received hundreds of calls and tweets from people" who also claim to have seen it.

Scarborough asked why, if so many people witnessed this unverifiable occurrence, no one "can find the video." Trump responded that "they'll find something, they're going to find something."

His commitment to "them" and "their" ability to find archival footage that doesn't exist is worthy of praise, even if it isn't based in fact. "Don't forget, fourteen or fifteen years ago, it wasn't like it is today, where you press a button and play a video. They didn't put it in the files, they destroyed half the stuff."

Trump's decision to base his claim on footage he believes has been deleted is a canny strategy, if not a winning one. After all, there's abundant video evidence that he mocked a New York Times reporter with a congenital condition and he's not only denying that he mocked him, he's demanding the Times issue him an apology for criticizing him for doing so. Trump and reality, in other words, are not the best of friends at the moment.

Watch the entire exchange via MSNBC below.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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