It’s been 18 years since terrorists hijacked four planes, crashing them into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, and a remote field in Pennsylvania.
Three thousand people died that day, and even more died as a result of illnesses contracted as a result of the actions.
Since the early years of then-President George W. Bush’s tenure in the White House, Americans have looked to the President for wisdom and leadership as each anniversary of the attacks passes.
Donald Trump commemorated the occasion on Twitter by posting a picture of himself and First Lady Melania Trump at the memorial site for Flight 93—the only hijacked plane not to reach its target that day, thanks to an uprising from passengers.
The image Trump shared read “WE WILL NEVER FORGET.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019
People noticed something…striking about Trump’s 9/11 tribute:
Here is how you do it pic.twitter.com/6uPQufx3Wu
— Lisa Bromley 🌊🌊🌊 🇺🇸 (@LisaKBromley) 11. септембар 2019.
So the Trumps are America's Two Towers? What? Why is there a photo of him and Melania for 9/11? https://t.co/QJo6FDkrxe
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) September 11, 2019
Here we are 18 years later and Trump is still making 9/11 all about himself. https://t.co/nS2Fvj5obf
— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) September 11, 2019
It’s not necessarily surprising behavior from the Commander in Chief, but on 9/11?
Former President Barack Obama’s commemoration of the event struck an entirely different tone.
As we remember those we lost on 9/11, we also remember the spirit of unity and togetherness that defined the weeks and months after. On this day of service, I’m reflecting on all those still working to embrace that spirit, today and every day. https://t.co/y8x9PVcwDl
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 11, 2019
Barack Obama highlighted a volunteer day of service on Ellis Island, which historically welcomed many of America’s immigrants. He called for Americans to remember “the spirit of unity and togetherness” demonstrated in the weeks after the horrific attack.
People couldn’t help but notice the stark difference between the two commemorations.
But wait, why aren’t you posting pics of yourself, touting your ‘08 & ‘12 election victory margins & attacking the press??!
— ᎠᏌNᎬᎷYᎢᎻᎪNᏩ™️ (@Kris_Sacrebleu) 11. септембар 2019.
Spoken like a real President who doesn't just post a photo of himself and call it a day like @realDonaldTrump. Miss and love you, President Obama! 🥰
— Nicole Pauline (@NCrazysnake) 11. септембар 2019.
Donald Trump is currently having a Twitter meltdown against the media.
Thank you, President Obama, for showing compassion and decency on this day of remembrance.
— ProgressMarchOn (@MarchProgress) 11. септембар 2019.
Thank you President @BarackObama. As I lost my brother due to the 9/11 related cancer that he ended up with, I am thankful for a President whose message will remind Americans of the importance of this day. https://t.co/3kcgcEEGmk
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) September 11, 2019
Trump has repeatedly claimed that he was one of the first people to arrive at Ground Zero. On the morning of the attacks, he infamously bragged that he had the tallest building in New York after the towers fell. During the 2016 campaign, he falsely claimed that thousands of the “heavy Arab population” in New Jersey applauded the attacks.
Most recently, Trump planned to host leaders of the Taliban—who harbored the architect of 9/11, Osama bin Laden—at Camp David in an effort to end the war in Afghanistan.