A photo on Tuesday captured a fist-pumping Donald Trump arriving in Pennsylvania to attend a memorial service on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, prompting outrage on social media over the president’s demeanor.
The image went viral on Twitter, as people criticized Trump’s expression ahead of the memorial service.
Take a look at a few:
The president of the United States takes the death of almost 3000 Americans very seriously and wants only to honor their memories….. and play golf and grown the Trump brand and make money off the presidency. https://t.co/GQcnmKIdbf
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 11, 2018
Who else is fucking PUMPED for 9/11 guys https://t.co/gPIGeStHAR
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) September 11, 2018
This is @realDonaldTrump greeting supporters as he arrives in PA to attend the Flight 93 #Sept11 Memorial Service. To all those who lost loved ones on this day 17 years ago, our hearts goes out to you! And please know that our country is with you, even if our President is not. pic.twitter.com/GVbfAS2iBJ
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) September 11, 2018
Trump has frequently been criticized for his behavior in relation to tragic events, particularly the September 11 attacks.
On the day of the attacks, he bragged about having the tallest building in Manhattan after the World Trade Center collapsed, a comment for which Trump still faces backlash.
Yes, there's audio of Trump patting himself on the back for having the tallest building in Manhattan after the WTC fell on September 11th. pic.twitter.com/vQFFcAibQz
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) September 11, 2018
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump made the false claim thousands of Muslims in New Jersey were cheering about the attacks after they heard the news.
“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,” Trump said at the time. “Thousands of people were cheering.”
On Tuesday, Trump marked the anniversary of the attacks by tweeting, “17 years since September 11th!”
17 years since September 11th!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2018