“Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy came to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s defense on the show Monday, saying he “actually” remembers hearing about Muslim Americans cheering the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Trump has recently claimed he saw news footage of Muslim citizens in the U.S. celebrating the attacks, seizing on a wave of anti-Muslim sentiments in the wake of the Paris attacks. No evidence has been found to support Trump’s claims, but Doocy backed him up anyway.
“You know what, I actually remember things like that, ‘cause I live one town away from one of the towns where, according to my neighbors, they saw with their own two eyes, there were people celebrating,” the Fox host said.
Doocy went on: “I also remember there was video on television. I don’t know if that was from that town or New Jersey. Nonetheless, Donald Trump says there are a lot of people out there who verified the idea of his story.”
Bret Baier, another Fox News host, broke in to temper Doocy’s whole-hearted agreement with Trump’s remarks.
“The original statement is thousands and thousands of people in Jersey City celebrating. If you’re just going to get technical, that’s – I don’t know if that has been backed up. Yes, people were celebrating, in some number,” he said.
Baier also said most the video of people celebrating the attacks came from “Gaza and places overseas.”
“Did it happen in New Jersey? Of course. Did thousands and thousands of people do it? I don’t know if we back that up but we’re now day six in this and it’s kind of monotonous,” he said.
Trump has refused to take back his claims, vaguely referencing video footage of “thousands and thousands” of Muslim citizens in New Jersey celebrating the attacks, including with “tailgate-style parties.” The claims have been thoroughly debunked.
Watch the full exchange over at Mediaite.