What Donald Trump might have seen on 9/11. Hint: Not 'cheering' Arabs

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Sunday refused to back down from his assertion that thousands of Arabs in New Jersey celebrated as they watched the World Trade Center come down on Sept. 11, 2001. From the network website:

"There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey where you have large Arab populations,” he told George Stephanopoulos today on ABC’s “This Week.” "They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down -- as those buildings came down, and that tells you something. It was well covered at the time."

Here’s the thing. As the towers came down, some people indeed saw a group of five -- not thousands, but five -- Middle Eastern men clowning around and photographing themselves in front of the burning towers from the New Jersey waterfront. They weren’t Arabs, and they weren’t Muslims.

They were Israeli and Jewish – young men making asses of themselves, as some young men are wont to do. Perhaps not recognizing the import of what they were seeing.

How do I know this? I tracked one of their friends down to Jesus’ hometown, two months after the attack:

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.