Donald Trump informs New York audience of the tragedy of 7/11

"I wrote this out, because it's very close to my heart," he said, which only makes it so much worse

Published April 19, 2016 12:32PM (EDT)

Donald Trump   (AP/Nam Y. Huh)
Donald Trump (AP/Nam Y. Huh)

Current Republican front-runner Donald Trump -- who has made his contributions to the rebuilding of New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks a critical component of his campaign -- referred yesterday to the tragedies that struck America on 7/11.

"I wrote this out, because it's very close to my heart," he said, emphasizing the fact that he wasn't simply speaking off-the-cuff as he normally does. He was, by his own admission, reading a prepared text in which he wrote about the tragedy of 7/11.

"I was down there and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7/11," he said, "down at the World Trade Center right after it came down. And I saw the greatest people I've ever seen in action."

He is still expected to win New York by a large margin in Tuesday's GOP primary, but that clearly has more to do with Texas Senator Ted Cruz's inability to connect with New Yorkers and their "values" than anything Trump himself is saying.

Watch a clip of the speech below via CNN.

By Scott Eric Kaufman

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