Donald Trump, Chuck Todd Exchange Heated Comments Over 9/11 "Cheering" Claims
"Your words matter. Truthfulness matters. Fact-based stuff matters," the visibly frustrated 'Meet the Press' host told the Republican presidential candidate on Sunday's show.
Donald Trump's widely disputed claim that he saw Muslims celebrating in New Jersey as the World Trade Center fell was a hot topic on the Sunday morning news shows this week.
Calling in to NBC's Meet the Press, Trump continued to stand behind his contention that he saw "thousands … cheering" on 9/11 despite officials denying that it happened and a lack of evidence that such incidents occurred.
"I saw it on television. I saw clips. And so did many other people. And many people saw it in person," Trump said. "I've had hundreds of phone calls to the Trump Organization saying, 'We saw it.' It was dancing in the streets. … I saw it at the time. I stick by it. Hundreds of people have confirmed it."
Host Chuck Todd grew visibly frustrated with Trump as Todd insisted that simply repeating what others have heard and seen doesn't make something true.
Speaking over each other, Todd said, "You're running for president of the United States. Your words matter. Truthfulness matters. Fact-based stuff matters."
"Take it easy, Chuck. Just play cool," Trump shot back. "This is people in this country that love our country that saw this, by the hundreds they're calling, and they're tweeting. And there's a lot of people. In Sarasota, people were telling me yesterday they used to live in New Jersey. They remember it vividly. They thought it was disgusting. So, these are people that saw it, too. The Washington Post reported it. Many, many people have seen it. I have a very good memory, I'll tell you. I saw it somewhere on television many years ago. And I never forgot it. And it was on television, too."
Watch Trump's full interview in the videos below.