President Trump falsely claimed on Saturday that the New York Stock Exchange re-opened the day after the 9/11 attacks , only to justify holding a rally on the same day that a mass shooting took place at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Trump, speaking at a planned campaign rally in Illinois, said he had weighed whether to cancel his rally as well as a speech at an agricultural convention earlier in the day in Indianapolis, Indiana. He ultimately decided against it by saying that such a move would amount to giving the killer an edge. He also compared the decision to continue with the rally to the reopening of the NYSE after the 9/11 attacks, something which did not happen.
Referring to the rally and his earlier appearance at the agricultural convention, Trump said with what had happened early today , that horrible and brutal attack in Pittsburgh, he should cancel both this. He headed to the New York Stock Exchange on the 11th of September and the New York Stock Exchange was open the following day.
He said that he can’t even tell what he had to do to get the exchange open.
The NYSE closed after the attacks and did not reopen until the 17th of September because many of the workers were lost or injured in the attack on the WTC, which was just blocks away from the NYSE in Manhattan’s financial district, and much of the communications and utilities were needed to trade stocks were damaged or destroyed.
Since the Great Depression, it was the longest shutdown for the NYSE.
Trump also made use of his rally to condemn the shooting that took place earlier on Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue, which left 11 dead.
He said that the evil anti-Semitic attack is a huge assault on everyone. It is an assault on humanity. It will need all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from the world.
“The scourge of anti-Semitism cannot be ignored, tolerated and or allowed to be continued, he added.