Donald Trump Got Caught In A Celebratory Fist Pump On His Way To 9/11 Memorial

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It’s the 17th anniversary of 9/11, which is known as the deadliest terror attack to ever take place in the U.S. All together, 2,977 were killed, most of them in New York City. Nineteen hijackers took over four commercial airplanes, crashing them in NYC, Washington, DC and just outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attack was orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who was killed during a US Special Forces operation under Barack Obama’s White House administration.

It’s an understatement to say that the anniversary of September 11th is a pretty dark day. Memorial services take place all over the country, most of which are attended by high-ranking politicians. That includes the president. Unfortunately, our current president has all the dignity and comportment of a walrus in a suit, so the day got off to a bad start. First, Donald Trump tweeted a 9/11 message that can only be described as basic math:

Well, can’t argue with that! This already not great opening to the day’s ceremonies was noted by the many American citizens hoping for something less inane from the president:

But you gotta hand it to Trump—no matter how bad he gets, he always manages to top himself. He and Melania Trump headed to Shanksville for a memorial service and Trump was photographed at the airport fist pumping and biting his lip like he’s celebrating a football touchdown:

Folks quickly noted the wildly inappropriate gesture and attitude of a man who is supposed to be headed to a service of reflection and mourning. It’s pretty bad!

If you think trump didn’t mean any disrespect with this gesture, you might be right. He may just be so insanely self-centered that he doesn’t get why what he’s doing is wrong. As a native New Yorker (sigh), Trump has been around to make an ass of himself over 9/11 since the very beginning, like in this interview where he brags about having the tallest building in the city after the Twin Towers went down:

He also lied during his 2016 campaign about hearing Muslim people in Jersey rejoicing as the towers fell, a total and complete lie, saying, “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down, and I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”

If we want to be generous on this terrible day, it’s possible Trump has no idea where he is; maybe he’s overexcited because he thinks he’s headed to a rally, where he can pay people to look like they don’t think he’s talking nonsense.