A look back to the 2016 presidential candidates on 9/11

Where were they then?

Kaitlyn Steinhiser, Editor

Each individual American experienced the tragedy of 9/11 in their own way; some watched it on television, some listened to radio reports, and others, particularly the 2016 presidential candidates, were interviewed about it.

At that time, Donald Trump was a mere real estate mogul who was still around two years away from debuting his reality television show. The world knew nothing of his future plans to build a wall on the Mexican-American boarder Lingering at Ground Zero in his hometown of New York City, Donald Trump spoke to German television reporter, Stephan Bachenheimer, about how he will impact the rebuilding of the area. According to Trump, during the interview, he had one hundred men at Ground Zero, and he expected 125 more to come help.“We will be involved in some form in helping to reconstruct,” said Trump to Bachenheimer.

Trump also made some controversial comments about the fact that his tower was now the tallest tower in New York City. Even on 9/11, Trump still prioritized the stature of his business.

His 2016 democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, also had an encounter with the media on that dreadful day. Clinton, who was a New York senator experiencing political independence or the first time, had a perspective of Ground Zero that was similar to the supposed “hundreds” of men Trump sent to the disaster area. Although she was in Washington DC when the attacks happened, she quickly traveled back to her home state to walk the grounds with the then New York City mayor, Rudolph Giuliani.

Donning a pantsuit and a dust mask, Clinton trekked Ground Zero and the surrounding area. Throughout this time, she answered several questions about the situation that America was in. Although some of her answers pertained to America’s resilience, she also used that time to criticize the Bush administration and their honesty about New York air quality.

With the final presidential vote growing closer and closer and the recent passing of the 15 anniversary of 9/11, both candidates have made updated statements on the matter. They even decided to suspend their campaigns in honor of the lives lost on 9/11. Both candidates visited Ground Zero , but Hillary Clinton received considerable backlash for leaving the memorial service early because she “overheated.” Trump’s campaign and his supporters have both been spreading rumors about Hillary’s state of health, but, this time, she actually was under the weather. Shortly after her pneumonia caused this episode, she claimed that she was no longer ill.

On the same day, Donald Trump gave a speech to expand on the solace that America feels each year on 9/11. “Fifteen years ago, America suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history,” Trump said. “Thousands of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and innocent American children were murdered by radical Islamic terrorists.”

During this speech, the republican presidential candidate made sure to discuss not only the lives lost during the tragedy in New York, but he mentioned those who died on Flight 93 and “the heroes at the Pentagon who fought to save every last life from the smoldering rubble.”

Rather than giving a speech, Clinton did an interview with CNN after the memorial service was over. In this interview, she put forth what she thinks the United States needs in order to move forward. “The nation needs a candid, honest conversation about what we face” in the future, not only against threats from the Islamic State but “a violent ideology” that that tries to inspire attacks via the Internet.”

Trump, being an established resident of NYC, was interviewed by a German journalist.
Trump, being an established resident of NYC, was interviewed by a German journalist.
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