We all know all too well what happened in the United States 15 years ago today. As each anniversary of the 9/11 attacks pass, we remember those we lost and reflect on all the ways – big and small – that it changed the foundation of our nation forever.

You’ll no doubt see quite a few touching tributes and you may even catch clips of the towers falling again and again – it might still bring a tear to your eye as it does mine.

But let me show you another sort of clip from that fateful day 15 years ago. Let me show you a clip of the now-Republican nominee, just hours after the attacks, saying something that none of us should ever forget as we enter the voting booths in November.

Amid a conversation about the tragedy of the attack, Donald J. Trump, a long way from the presidential candidate of today, takes a moment to brag about his Manhattan Trump tower, noting that it is once again the tallest tower in the city.

“[Trump tower] actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest—and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it’s the tallest.”

Indeed, on September 11th, 2001, Donald Trump bragged that the falling of the towers meant that his Trump tower was the tallest in the New York skyline once more.


Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com