Trump Described The NYC Explosion As ‘A Bomb Went Off’ Just As The Investigation Began To Unfold

The New York Times‘ Dave Itzkoff posted this video to Twitter in the midst of all the confusion surrounding the Saturday night explosion in Manhattan‘s Chelsea neighborhood. The incident was the subject of a few theories (including an underground train derailing), but in the end, police discovered that the explosion took place in a dumpster. At least 29 people were injured, although no fatalities occurred, and a second explosive device was located a short time later. The event followed a Saturday morning pipe bomb explosion at the Semper Five 5K not too far away in New Jersey.

This video features Trump’s reaction to the Manhattan explosion. He heard about the event as he hit the Colorado Springs tarmac, and his take functioned as news for rally attendees. He labelled the situation as a “bomb” before authorities publicly confirmed the incident: “Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York, and nobody knows exactly what’s going on.” Then Trump began to repeatedly tout the need for toughness: “We are living in a time when we’ve got to get very tough, folks. We’ve got to get very, very tough.” He kept on going with the tough talk: “We are going to get tough and smart and vigilant. We’re gonna end it. And we’ll see what it is.” And then he did some boasting: “I’m so thrilled to be in Colorado. And a new poll from Emerson just came out and we’re up four points in Colorado!”

Too soon on that last point? As Mike Pence would say, “That’s Donald Trump.”

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