Donald Trump said that two planes alone could not have brought down the Twin Towers in 2001
According to Donald Trump, jet fuel really can't melt steel beams. It's the perfect thing for a walking meme of a President to believe, as all coalesces in the warm madcap night of Pepe the frog, 9/11 memes and the game show host President.
You've probably heard a lot about Trump speaking on 9/11 from back in 2001, from his claim that thousands of people in New Jersey were cheering, and that his Trump tower was now the tallest building in Manhattan, but you've never heard anything quite like this.
Trump's key remarks are transcribed below:
"This was an unbelievably powerful building, if you know anything about structure, it was one of the first buildings that was built from the outside. The steel, the reason why the World Trade Center had such narrow windows, is that in between all the windows you had the steel on the outside...and you had big, heavy I-beams.
"When I first looked at it I couldn't believe it, because there was a hole in the steel. And this is steel that was- you remember the width of the windows of the World Trade Center, folks? If you were ever up there they were quite narrow. And in between was this heavy steel. I said 'How could a plane, even a plane, even a 767 or 747, or whatever it might have been, how could it possibly go through the steel?
"I happen to think that they had not only a plane but they had bombs that exploded almost simultaneously, cause I just can't imagine anything being able to go through that wall. Most buildings are built where the steel is on the inside around the elevator shaft, this one was built from the outside, which is the strongest structure you can have, and it was almost just like, a can of soup."
Donald Trump seemed rather certain at the time that planes alone could not bring down the twin towers. I lack the architectural knowledge to assess his claims, but it's just another sublime piece of our bizarre reality - that the future President called 9/11 a physical impossibility at the time it was happening.
His most straightforward statement:
"I just think there was a plane with more than just fuel."
"It just seemed to me that to do that kind of destruction is even more than a big plane, because you're talking about taking out steel, the heaviest caliber steel, that was used on a building. I mean these buildings were rock-solid."
Finally, he ruminated on the legacy of 9/11:
"I mean, you know, it's amazing, it's an amazing thing, this country is different today, and it's going to be different than it ever was for many years to come."
Perhaps foreshadowing his own Presidency, the 21st century has indeed been strange like no other, and it was different, forever. The interviewer finishes with a somber note: "Very profound statement, and very true."
What do you think? Is this classic Trump talking big without the facts?
9/11 conspiracy theories have pretty much fallen apart, so this is likely another case of the billionaire getting ahead of himself. But again, I don't know anything about architecture. Maybe jet fuel can't melt steel beams. In our era of madcap nonsense, would it really shock anybody? The whole damn world could be an inside job at this point and it would scarcely make a difference to our perception. Things have just gotten that insane. I wonder what Trump would say now if he had to answer to this clip from 2001. I'm sure he would disavow it.
In other 9/11 related news, check out this inspiring story of Steve Buscemi, part-time volunteer firefighter and New York hero, and what he did in the aftermath of the attack.