Friday, November 27, 2015

GOP presidential candidate Andy Martin provides a possible explanation for Donald Trump’s 9/11 remarks

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In the eighth of his “Letters From the 2016 Presidential Campaign” GOP presidential candidate Andy Martin provides an explanation for some of Donald Trump’s remarks, including the anti-American 9/11 “celebrations” in New Jersey

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(San Francisco, CA) (November 27, 2015) Dear American:

Greetings from California.

I have been campaigning on the West Coast. In the meantime the front runners for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have been creating media flare-ups. I thought you might appreciate some brief reaction from me. Although I am not going to win the nomination, it is rapidly becoming evident that I am the “adult” candidate in the race, i.e. a candidate with the media experience and knowledge of the issues to avoid rookie mistakes, as well as not being a whiner about my lowly standing in the polls. If I am not quite a happy warrior I am at least a sensible one.

1. Ben Carson’s faithless “advisers”

Dr. Ben Carson was attacked by some of his own “advisers,” who told the media Carson did not understand foreign affairs. Carson was the victim of a stab in the back. Advisers are not supposed to attack their candidate and they are certainly not supposed to go public with their criticisms of a candidate. I think it is true that Carson does not have deep experience with foreign policy issues.

By comparison, while I was traveling around the world on various assignments over the decades, Carson was performing surgery. He was concentrating on his life-saving occupation. Few doctors have much spare time to devote to in depth study of political issues and foreign policy controversies. So while Dr. Carson is a highly intelligent man, and probably a quick learner as he states, he is still on a learning curve about foreign policy.

Carson is one of the finest individuals to seek the presidency in my lifetime. Whether his experience qualifies him to be president is a judgment that will have to evolve over the coming months.

2. Donald Trump’s “Muslim” data base

The liberal media are at war with Donald Trump but, surprisingly, Trump does not have all of his defenses engaged. Trump is an experienced media personality. But he is not an experienced candidate. There is a vast difference between the two. Politicians survive in office for decades because their guard is always up. Trump’s guard is not up.

I have watched the “Muslim data base” tapes several times. It is clear to me that Trump thought he was being asked about a database of illegal immigrants or Syrian refugees. Trump was briskly walking along a rope line. He should have known better than to answer a “rope line” question. Experienced politicians seldom do that, precisely because of the predicament Trump is now in: the potential for misunderstanding. Trump answered the same question moments later and made it clear he was speaking about illegals. Looked at in context, the accusation that Trump advocated a "Muslim data base" is absurd. But the media were able to create a firestorm over the false claim Trump had endorsed a “Muslim data base.”

Is it any wonder most Americans don’t trust the media?

Nevertheless, if Trump wants to become president he will have to become more disciplined in responding to shouted questions along rope lines and during informal situations. My best advice: ignore such questions.

3. Trump and the 9/11 anti-American “celebrations” in New Jersey

Trump has generated the most controversy with claims that he watched TV of anti-Americans on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River celebrating as the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11.

First, 9/11 is now fourteen (14) years in the past. We are dealing with history. Tens of millions of Americans have no recollection of the events of that day. Second, even people who lived through 9/11 were not glued to their TV sets. Many people saw only snippets of the actual coverage. Third, we are learning more and more about the failures of memory under stressful and confusing conditions. As a lawyer, I have reviewed the developing understandings of memory, recollection, eyewitness identification, event confusion and just plain memory failure.

I don’t know what Trump saw on TV, but I know what I saw. Or I think I know. Truth be told, the first time I heard Trump’s claims I thought I remembered seeing similar anti-American celebrations. I watched the attacks from a tower in midtown, so I wasn’t watching TV continuously. But with the gauze of memory and passage of time, reacting casually I thought Trump might be right.

There were many pictures of people escaping from lower Manhattan to New Jersey. There were also pictures of people in the Middle East celebrating the disaster. Could Trump have mixed together the two at the time? Very possibly. I am sure Trump was watching TV the way most of us were watching TV, with one eye on the set and one eye on something else. It would be easy for someone, anyone, to have watched the continuing stream and mixed in the images of Jersey and the Middle East.

September 11th was a stressful day for all of us, even if we were bystanders. Under stress our perception can easily become confused. We can mix and match emotions, scenes, reactions and beliefs until they all become one seamless narrative in our minds.

What makes Trump’s claim seen more confusing is that even if we do not claim to have seen what he saw on TV, almost all of us can believe that there were anti-American people in Jersey who were sympathizing with the terrorists. The original 1993 attack on the World Trade Center was orchestrated and launched from New Jersey. The fact of anti-American Muslims operating from Jersey and targeting the World Trade Center is a fact.

If you mix all of these mental impressions together under stress, it would be easy for someone to testify in court “I saw them celebrating on TV as the twin towers fell.”

I did not see anti-Americans on TV celebrating as the World Trade Center was attacked.

But it would not surprise me if those celebrations actually took place. It is easy to be confused about confusing situations.

President George W. Bush was correct when he said after 9/11 that “Islam is not the enemy.” But all of our enemies who are attacking Western Civilization are radical Muslims. We cannot deny the obvious. That is why President Obama is derided for being unwilling to say “radical Islam.” Radical Islam is the enemy. On that issue, Trump is 100% correct, and I agree with him 100%.

Hopefully my thoughts may be of some help in understanding recent and ongoing controversies.

Andy Martin


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Andy is expected to have news conferences later today at his campaign headquarters. Details to follow.

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