We’re already used with presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s interesting declarations, but there’s no doubt that one of the most controversial statements he made was the one regarding Muslims cheering on the streets of New Jersey, after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
After this declaration was over discussed and most people, including the authorities, said that there’s no exact evidence about this, things take a very interesting turn after an interview with a teenager, made days after the attack, by MTV, seems to confirm Trump’s theory.
A witness changed her initial declaration
Emily Acevedo, living in Paterson, New Jersey, at that moment, claimed to have indeed seen teens in her city celebrating. It is well known that Paterson is one of the nation’s biggest Muslim communities, so this could make sense and sustain her opinion. Still, the interesting parts is that MTV recently released a new video featuring an updated interview with Emily.
According to Latino Fox News, in the new footage she seems to examine the GOP presidential candidate’s claim, but instead of reconfirming her initial statement, she dismisses the whole idea. Basically, Emily Acevedo has not changed her opinion, saying that there weren’t any youths celebrating because of the terrorist attacks. Even more, she also denies saying everything the whole original video shows her saying.
In the original video, Emily Acevedo is shown walking outside her home and pointing to a spot where said there were Muslims cheering. They were about 13 years old and started hitting public property with sticks and rocks, chanting “Burn, America!”
“They weren’t doing anything different.”
“Everyone that was out there, they were only 13, maybe 14 at the most,” Acevedo said in 2001. “They were kids. They didn’t know what they were doing. But they had so much hate, and they were doing that. It was just so sad.”
Back in 2015, the new video made by MTV shows a totally different person, all grown-up, who doesn’t recall hearing anybody saying “Burn, America!”. Also, she notes that the behavior of those children wasn’t very different than what most of them were doing in the same period.
“For me, it was just ‘Oh, here’s a bunch of kids acting out, they don’t know any better,’” she said. Still, it’s very interesting that she has never said anything about the religion or the ethnicity of the kids, according to experts who have been analyzing the video.
Nobody seems to have clear proof that this happened
Even though there were a lot of rumors regarding Muslims cheering after the 9/11 attacks, various news organizations tried to confirm these but failed. As for Donald Trump, he cited a few articles that mentioned these events, but the eventually, the sources he used said they also did not come across evidence that such things happened.
The first time Donald Trump mentioned Muslims cheering in New Jersey was after the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, when he was sustaining an argument in favor of keeping a registry of Muslims, according to Latino Fox News. Like expected, he managed to create even more controversy that some of his previous statements did.