Trump Once Joked That They Should Build A Statue of Melania At Ground Zero
Donald Trump is under fire for posting an inflammatory video of Rep. Ilhan Omar‘s recent remarks about discrimination against American Muslims in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, but the controversy has brought renewed scrutiny of another of Trump’s remarks about the tragedy.
On Sept. 11th, 2002, Trump appeared on the Howard Stern Show, joking with the host that a Ground Zero statue of then girlfriend Melania Knauss might be something to consider.
In the video clip below, the conversation began with Trump’s suggestion to “build a television tower there,” Stern replying that “a statue of your girlfriend would be perfect right there” instead.
“Well, that would be an idea,” Trump said, as Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers joined in, joking that “nobody’s going to fly into that!”
But the cringe-worthy remarks didn’t stop there.
“I’d like to fly into that!” added another voice.
Of course disgusting behavior surrounding 9/11 isn’t new to Trump.
The most well-known example is Trump’s remarks on September 11, 2001, hours after the towers collapsed, falsely bragging to a television interviewer that he now owns the tallest building in downtown Manhattan.
“Forty Wall Street actually was the second tallest building in downtown Manhattan,” Trump said, adding “and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest, and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second tallest. And now it’s the tallest.”
And during his presidential campaign, Trump waged a relentless campaign against Muslims, including his now-infamous claim to have seen “thousands and thousands” of people from “areas with large Arab populations” in New Jersey cheering when the Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11, an utterly false claim.
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) September 11, 2018