Donald Trump’s waterfall of regurgitated chatter continued on Sunday, with quips about Muslim databases, 9/11, and bringing back water-boarding. And over all of it, he also suggested that he would run for president as independent if he doesn’t get the Republican nod.
When pressed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week”, the Republican presidential candidate and former reality TV star said he plans to “see what happens,” and couldn’t rule out running as an independent.
“I will see what happens. I have to be treated fairly. If I’m treated fairly, I’m fine.”
In an infamous moment during a debate in August, Trump signaled that he’d be willing to go against Republicans if not nominated.
Trump’s interview on Sunday quickly spiraled into a mess of xenophobia and false accusations. He doubled down on his plans to create a database of Muslim citizens in the U.S., said he’d bring back water-boarding, and also cited a false statistic that most Syrian refugees are young men. He also took the opportunity to dredge up a widely-debunked rumor that people in New Jersey cheered as the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001. He said:
“Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering. So something’s going on. We’ve got to find out what it is.”
Even when Stephanopoulos countered that police say that the incident never happened, Trump denied it.
Trump goes all in pic.twitter.com/Q4XYI7oB7l— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) November 22, 2015