President Donald Trump made his way to an event Tuesday to commemorate Flight 93 and victims on 9/11, and double fist-pumped as he walked toward a crowd of supporters — His actions, however, aren’t for the reason they’ve been made out to be.
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) September 11, 2018
President Trump’s fist pump sparked criticism after some accused the president’s actions as being a celebratory, disrespectful act following his tweet toward Russia earlier that morning.
“We have found nothing to show collusion between President Trump & Russia, absolutely zero, but every day we get more documentation showing collusion between the FBI & DOJ, the Hillary campaign, foreign spies & Russians, incredible.” @SaraCarterDC @LouDobbs
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2018
A National Guardsman debunked those claims when he told The Daily Caller that Trump was actually “genuinely happy to say hello and shake hands.”
The service member told the Caller that military members, family members, and supporters were able to greet Trump in a designated area at Johnstown flight facility.
Watch the video below:
“As he approached us soldiers, marines, and airmen, many were shouting and waving at him. That is when he did the ‘double fist pump’ — he was genuinely happy to say hello and shake hands, and you could tell he was proud to be greeted by ‘his’ military members.”
He continued, “I am telling you this because not even an hour later, the press was criticizing him for doing that on hallowed ground, and he should have been more respectful of the heroes of Flight 93.”
“Well, I got to see FIRSThand how biased the liberal media is towards him. They took a photo completely twisted it around to make him look bad, and it was nowhere near the truth. And our past president has the nerve to also criticize the POTUS for shunning the media. I wonder why he does. So, that is the truth of what really happened, not the story the media produced or the haters of our president.”
A somber tribute at Flight 93 National Memorial this morning. We honor the many lost at the hands of evil on 9/11. It's a time to remember the strength of this nation & the power that comes from unity, leadership & courage. God Bless this great nation. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/lDxx4ccwe3
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 11, 2018
Following the double fist pump, Twitter took a more comical approach with their memes for the president’s fist pump:
It just so happened that I've been doing Photoshop masking all morning for a project, so when I saw this photo I knew what I had to do. Here's a PNG with a transparent background, please do your absolute worst: https://t.co/lCKdwD0PrI pic.twitter.com/lZmsoHtTE9
— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) September 11, 2018
— droneoperator69 (@shirazdada) September 12, 2018
— Matt McDaniel (@themattmcd) September 11, 2018
— KattyAnne (@katmc68) September 12, 2018
— Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) September 12, 2018
The Office style pic.twitter.com/nFam4gpiUw
— OMAR ALTURK (@3omarT) September 11, 2018
Trump delivered a speech at the Flight 93 September 11 memorial service on the 17th anniversary of the tragic day.
“A piece of America’s heart is buried on these grounds, but in its place has grown a new resolve to live our lives with the same grace and courage as the heroes of Flight 93,” he said.