The latest buzz from the enemies of Donald Trump, the theme they seem to have seized upon as their best bet for destroying his presidential candidacy, is that he imagines things. That he is hallucinatory. Trump said the other day that on 9/11 he could see the bodies falling from the Twin Towers while watching from the upper floors of his midtown apartment building.
At least one media outlet, Mother Jones, isn’t playing along with the hallucination theme, perhaps because it might generate some sympathy for Trump, leaving the impression that he is a victim. Instead, Mother Jones prefers to call Trump “a pathological liar.”
First, there was the case of the Jersey Muslims celebrating the falll of the Twin Towers. The only confirmed error on Trump’s part was overstating the numbet of malefactors. This was followed quickly by his account of watching desperate people jumping from the Twin Towers, preferring that death to immolation,
“The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment asking how Trump witnessed people jumping out of the Twin Towers from more than four miles away.”
Welcome to the mind of Jeremy Diamond, a young journalist with CNN who writes for their Web site. This is one of the new breed of journalists, to whom I passed my own journalistic torch after retiring from a long career. This is one of the journalists who has helped to push the public opinion of the media lower even than the opinion of used-car salesmen and Congress.
Let me tell young Mr. Diamond, who has an enviable head of black hair and a neatly trimmed Trotsky-style beard, a thing or two about viewing objects from a long distance in Manhattan, where I worked for nearly a quarter-century.
To begin, I should remind everyone that there is no question that people jumped from the burning towers. Practically everyone has seen videos of that lamentable episode. So the only question is, could Donald Trump have seen it, given where he resided?
First, a little math. A six-foot-long body, viewed from a distance of four miles, would be as visible as a golf ball lying on the green of a shortish par-three hole as viewed from the tee. Those of you who play golf know that this would pose no problem for a golfer with unaided vision.
That should be answer enough for Mr. Diamond, but let me point out that I have been in more high-rise towers in Manhattan than I can begin to count, usually occupied by business CEOs, and I cannot recall even one of them that didn’t have a spotting telescope perched on a tripod pointing through a picture window. I am going to let the intrepid Mr. Diamond calll back the Trump campaign and ask if he had a scope available by the window of his apartment. If he did, then you can bet that he used it on 9/11.
Nice try, Jeremy, but I fear that your Pulitzer will have to be put on hold.