#LostTrumpHistory trends as the internet mocks Trump’s 9/11 comments
If you thought President Trump could speak about the brave work of 9/11 first responders without giving himself a little shout out, you’d be wrong.
On Monday, Trump signed the act that will extend the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund before more than 200 people who were impacted by the attacks on 9/11. The bill, which was publicly supported by Jon Stewart as it traveled through the House and Senate, will ensure first responders are given financial support through 2090.
As Trump was addressing the crowd, however, he said something that came across as a bit controversial. (Shocker.)
“Many of those affected were firefighters, police officers, and other first responders,” Trump said. “And I was down there also. But I’m not considering myself a first responder. But I was down there, I spent a lot of time down there with you.”
Trump’s connection to 9/11 recovery efforts has received a great deal of speculation in the past.
In an interview with German reporter Stephan Bachenheimer, Trump claimed that hundreds of his men pitched in to help recover Ground Zero in the days after the terrorist attacks, but according to Snopes, his involvement has yet to be proven. The New York Times also concluded that Trump’s involvement in post-9/11 aid was “exaggerated,” and noted that retired New York Fire Department deputy chief, , said he didn’t see Trump at Ground Zero in wake of the tragedy.
Since the details of Trump’s involvement in 9/11 recovery are so uncertain, Twitter users decided to mock the president’s not-so-humble brag by creating the hashtag #LostTrumpHistory. They used it to joke about other historical events that Trump certainly did not attend, and also to show off their Photoshop skills.
It wasn’t Neil Armstrong in that Apollo 11 spacecraft, it was me. That Neil Armstrong story was fake news. When I walked on the moon—the first human ever to do so—I famously said, “What a crowd. What a turnout.”#LostTrumpHistory pic.twitter.com/DWaFEnbK6o
— Carolyn B. Brodersen (@BroderWriter) July 30, 2019
Stunning work, people. You’ve complied quite the fake history book here.