PHOTO: Donald Trump Pumps His Fists as He and Melania Arrive in Pennsylvania for 9/11 Memorial Service

On the day of the attacks in 2001, the president called in to a radio show and bragged that his building at 40 Wall Street was now the tallest building in lower Manhattan.

He said:

40 Wall Street 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.”

In 2013, he used the moment to get a dig on his enemies.

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump used the September 11 attacks to stoke fear and Islamophobia within his base. He falsely claimed to have seen thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the attacks immediately after. At another campaign event, he defended restrictions on Muslims entering the country by insinuating it wouldn’t have happened with a travel ban.

Those people that knocked down the World Trade Center most likely under the Trump policy wouldn’t have been here to knock down the World Trade Center, just so you understand.”

Fifteen of the 19 attackers were from Saudi Arabia, which is not included in the president’s infamous travel ban.

Trump is set to make a speech today commemorating those who lost their lives. The nation waits to see if he’ll be able to show a reverence befitting the magnitude of the tragedy–or at least stick to the script.

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Evan Brechtel

Evan is a writer and editor based in New York. In addition to his work with Second Nexus, he freelances for a variety of sites addressing topics of queer culture and history. You can find his other work at www.evanbrechtel.net.