While MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell has made his disdain for Donald Trump no secret in recent years, it was still surprising to see how viciously he went after the president Monday evening when it came to comments Trump had previously made about 9/11 and how it personally impacted him.
In a mini-monologue, the Last Word host highlighted that POTUS participated in a 9/11 memorial ceremony earlier in the day at the Pentagon. He then contrasted this with Trump’s insistence during a GOP primary debate last year when the then-candidate said he “lost hundreds of friends” when the World Trade Center came down, something Trump essentially repeated on Meet the Press the following day.
“He didn’t lose many, many friends,” O’Donnell stated. “But it was hard to get anyone else in the media interested in that because trump lies were coming fast and furious every day, every hour and hard to keep up with.”
He then offered up this blistering observation:
“No politician had ever lied about losing about hundreds of friends on 9/11 or many, many friends. No politician had ever been caught trying to steal the grief of 9/11 families. And make it his own. Donald trump lost no friends on 9/11. None. Donald Trump did not attend a single 9/11 funeral, not one. Donald Trump did not participate in a single 9/11 commemoration until he was running for president. No presidential candidate ever lied about 9/11 that way.”
After bringing up Trump’s debunked claim that he saw thousands of Muslims cheering in New Jersey on 9/11, O’Donnell noted that the president spoke to the family members of 9/11 victims on Monday about their grief and sorrow.
“But he still has not apologized to them for trying to steal their grief and their sorrow and use it as his own political sledgehammer in a Republican presidential debate as you just saw him do,” the MSNBC host concluded, before bringing on author Kurt Andersen.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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