April 2, 2023

Trump just ignited outrage with a bad taste “joke” to 9/11 first responders

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President Trump finally signed into law legislation today to extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and as one might expect he completely failed to invest the event with the degree of respect and solemnity it deserves.

After a rambling stretch in which he insisted that he was at Ground Zero — trying to paint himself as a hero in the process — Trump cracked an incredibly tone-deaf joke which has already prompted a wave of criticism.

“I don’t know if this stage will hold it but if it doesn’t we’re not falling very far, but I’d like to ask the families and I’d also like to ask the first responders to come up and we’ll give this stage a shot,” Trump said, making a joke about structures collapsing to an audience full of people personally affected by the tragedy of the World Trade Center attacks.

“Let’s see how well built, made in America, let’s see how well built it is. Okay?” Trump went on, furthering belaboring the “joke” to the point of cruelty. While tact has never been one of this president’s strong suits, this is a surprising level of callousness even for him.

It’s perhaps worth noting that Trump, despite his claims that he respects the brave responders, is on tape bragging just a few hours after the 9/11 attack that with the fall of the Twin Towers he now owned the tallest building in downtown Manhatten. This is a man pathologically incapable of displaying empathy and his joke today proves it.

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Responses to Trump’s disturbing comments quickly flooded Twitter, with many Americans expressing shock and dismay. Many focused on the casual meanness of the president’s remarks and some pointed out that not a single person in attendance can be heard laughing.

While at this point we certainly didn’t need any more proof that Donald Trump is unfit to be president, he continues to provide it. He and everyone who continues to support and enable him should be ashamed.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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