Trump Critics Focus Outrage on President's Fist Motion at 9/11 Memorial


Many expressed their anger or disgust with President Donald Trump online after a picture was released showing him raising his fists in the air as he greeted supporters at a Pennsylvania airport before traveling to the 9/11 commemoration at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville.

NBC News and other media outlets tweeted a photo of Trump making the gesture as he walking over to greet the large crowd on hand at the Johnstown Airport, which is located about 30 miles north of the Flight 93 memorial.

In the video, supporters can be heard cheering as the president and first lady Melania Trump walked across the tarmac in their direction.

“Hello everybody, how are you?” Trump said. “What a good looking group of people!”

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Mediaite culled together several tweets from those who found Trump’s gesture on the way to the Flight 93 memorial inappropriate.

Responses ranged from “love our extremely normal toddler president” to “oh for the love of” to “who else is f—ing PUMPED for 9/11 guys.”

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The Democratic Coalition tweeted, “While on his way to the memorial service, the mentally deteriorating sociopathic president bizarrely tweeted, ’17 years since September 11th!’”

Another Twitter user called the gesture “Frickin’ embarrassing,” adding the hashtag #25thAmendmentNow.

Earlier in the day Trump tweeted a solemn picture of the White House staff commemorating Sept. 11 on the South Lawn.

He also tweeted about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, writing, “Rudy Giuliani did a GREAT job as Mayor of NYC during the period of September 11th. His leadership, bravery and skill must never be forgotten. Rudy is a TRUE WARRIOR!”

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Trump’s remarks at the Flight 93 memorial site were well received by those on hand, which included family members of the 40 who were lost on Sept. 11, 2001 when they chose to fight back against the terrorist hijackers.

“They boarded the plane as strangers, and they entered eternity linked forever as true heroes,” the president said of the passengers and crew.

“We grieve together for every mother and father, sister and brother, son and daughter, who was stolen from us at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and here in this Pennsylvania field,” Trump stated, according to Reuters.

The commander in chief added, “We honor their sacrifice by pledging to never flinch in the face of evil and to do whatever it takes to keep America safe.”

USA Today reported Trump’s visit came two days after the dedication of the “Tower of Voices” at the memorial location.

The tower is 93 feet tall and features 40 wind chimes — one for each person lost on the fateful day.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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