Fox's Cavuto Defends Trump's Claim That Muslim Americans Celebrated After 9/11

Neil Cavuto: “The Only Mistake Trump Might Have Made Is Assigning A Number To It”

From the December 1 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:

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NEIL CAVUTO: Let me switch gears if you don't mind because your name has come up, as Donald Trump and these allegations that there were Muslims dancing and happily celebrating the fall of the towers on 9/11. A lot of people say that never happened. Chris Christie said he doesn't recall it. What's the deal?

RUDY GIULIANI: I think the issue here is the number. The thousand people. I have no recollection of thousands. I do have a distinct recollection of having reported to me by the police a number of incidents, several -- 

CAVUTO: Certainly going on over the world. I remember that. 

GIULIANI: Let's say it was a period of time where there were a lot of things going on so my recollection is not going to be great. 

CAVUTO: He was mentioning New Jersey. 

GIULIANI: Okay. So I will read to you from an article September 14th, 2001, Fred Siegel, New York Post. This is back then.  “Here in New York it was easy to get angry listening to Egyptians and Palestinians and the Arabs of nearby Paterson, New Jersey celebrate as they received word of the murderous attacks in New York and Washington. Mayor Giuliani, who has been tireless and magnificent in this crisis, rightly warned New Yorkers that it would be wrong to take that anger out on the city's Arab and Muslim residents. Attacks on Arab-Americans in Paterson or elsewhere are utterly indefensible.”  And over the years -- now we get beyond that. Over the years I've had people report to me things like that. That there were celebrations. I had a person call me today and tell me his friend was in a cab and the Muslim cab driver was celebrating what he heard about -- 

CAVUTO: So the only mistake only mistake Trump might have made is assigning a number to it. I sort remember covering it at the time that there were celebrations around the world, particularly in the Middle East -- 

GIULIANI: And there were -- and I can tell you reported to me -- I didn't see them. Could be wrong.

CAVUTO: Understood. 

Previously: 

Stephanopoulos Fact-Checks Trump's False Claim About 9/11