Steve Doocy backs up Donald Trump: "I actually remember" Muslim Americans cheering on 9/11

"Fox & Friends" host rushes to The Donald's defense to verify "the idea of his story"

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published November 30, 2015 8:08PM (EST)

 (Fox News)
(Fox News)

Fox News' Steve Doocy is boldly going where, so far, only Donald Trump's most ardent supporters have been willing to go -- out on the leanest limb to wildly claim to have seen Muslim Americans cheering for the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11.

“I saw it on television” and “so did many other people and many people saw it in person. I have hundreds of phone calls to the Trump organization saying, ‘We saw it. It was dancing in streets,” Trump said this weekend, continuing his latest attack on a sect of the American population -- this time Muslim Americans, some of whom he claims celebrated the attacks of 9/11.

On NBC Sunday, "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd called out Trump for spreading "a false rumor," pointing to "three or four different reports that month in New Jersey that said it was a myth." On MSNBC on Monday, Joe Scarborough asked his pal why no one “can find the video” of thousands and thousands of people in Jersey City celebrating on 9/11, but on Fox News Monday morning, Trump found a friendlier reception to his continued claims that Muslims in Northern New Jersey actually cheered when the Twin Towers fell.

“I actually remember things like that,”  Steve Doocy said on "Fox & Friends," explaining that he lived "one town away from one of the towns where, according to my neighbors, they saw it with their own two eyes, there were people celebrating.”

Got that convoluted explanation? There is more.

"I also remember there was video on television," Doocy continued, adding meat to Trump's claim that the reported celebrations were televised. "I don’t remember if it was from that town or from New Jersey. Nonetheless, Donald Trump says there are a lot of people out there who have verified the idea of his story."

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday morning, Trump said he was confident that the media would successfully dig up lost footage of the Muslim American 9/11 celebrations: “They’ll find something, they’re going to find something.”

“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 offered.

Watch Doocy's ludicrous defense of The Donald below:

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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