Earlier rwetmore asked if I had read Mayor Giuliani's statement. I had, but it was irrelevant since Trump's untruth wasn't about New York City but Jersey City. For the record, though, here's what Giuliani has said recently:
Rudolf Giuliani wrote:"We did have some celebrating, that is true," Giuliani told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on CNN's "New Day." "We had pockets of celebration some in Queens, some in Brooklyn -- 10, 12, 30, 40" people." Giuliani recounted hearing about a Muslim-owned candy store where some Muslims were cheering the attacks and were beaten up by children from a neighboring housing development.
This is anecdotal and hearsay, of course. If there were celebrations in Brooklyn I wasn't aware of it, and my apartment then was only two blocks away from a mosque, which I walked past twice daily going to and from work. Which was only to be expected. It would have been extraordinarily stupid for people living within sight of the Trade Center towers to celebrate openly the murder of 3000 of their neighbors at the moment it was happening. But if Giuliani's top estimate is no more than 40 people in all of New York City with its large Islamic population, how can there possibly have been "thousands and thousands" in the rest of the tristate area, whose Muslim demographic is so much smaller? Give it up, rwetmore.