Today is September 11th. 16 years ago today, the United States came to a sudden halt, watching in horror as two airliners were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. Three thousand Americans were killed, including emergency responders trying to save those trapped inside the towers as they burned.
I was in wood shop class when it happened, staring at the television mounted on the wall as smoke and fire and terror -stricken faces filled the screen. I was 12 years old.
It was a day that launched the U.S into invading Afghanistan and the fight against terrorism. A single day that affected everyone, whether or not you lost anyone in the attack. September 11th has become a solemn day of reflection and respect for those we’ve lost and every year on this day, a moment of silence is held in honor of those now gone.
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone unable to remain silent out of respect for 9/11 but during today’s moment of silence for the victims, President Trump did the most disrespectful act possible: he talked during a scheduled moment of silence. Correction, he spoke through two scheduled moments of silence.
According to David Gura, a Bloomberg TV reporter, in a tweet, the president ” is now talking through a scheduled moment of silence.” He went on to tweet a second moment of silence broken by Trump.
This is not the first time Donald Trump has been inappropriate when it comes to 9/11. Immediately after the towers fell, he jokingly said his tower was now the tallest. He claimed to donate money and house 9/11 victims in his building during the crisis, neither of which happened. Marlow Stern compiled a list of all the ways Trump has lied about or milked 9/11 for fame.
Despite knowing this is how Trump treats the United States, it’s still appalling to witness his disrespect for Americans and service workers who lost their lives that day. His inability to remain silent for a few moments shows he’s incapable of thinking about anyone but himself.
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