The debate surrounding Donald Trump's absurd claim that thousands of New Jersey Muslims openly celebrated 9/11 reached a new low Tuesday as Fox News host Eric Bolling claimed that “reports” at the time suggested that some Jersey City residents, who had been “tipped off,” were actually on their rooftops looking toward lower Manhattan before two hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center. The video:
So I remember this day, and I stood on the New York side and I watched the plane fly into the tower. I remember the next day, and I remember the news reports, and I remember specifically the news reports about Jersey City. They said people were on the roofs watching the planes fly in. They were tipped off prior to the thing. And this was, this was the narrative that was going on.
Bolling co-hosts the Fox show The Five; he once described the rapper Common's appearance at the White House as “a hoodlum in the hizzouse” and used the phrase “boobs on the ground” while discussing a female United Arab Emirates service member fighting against ISIS.
For the record, there were five Israeli men arrested on Sept. 11, 2001, after witnesses in New Jersey reported that they were laughing while recording footage of the burning WTC towers. Those men worked for a moving company and, needless to say, were never found to have any connections to or prior knowledge of the attack.