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Trump Called Out for Fist-Pumping on Way to 9/11 Memorial in Pennsylvania

”This is an abomination,“ says one Twitter user

President Donald Trump appeared pretty energized as he stepped off Air Force One on Tuesday morning to attend a memorial for 9/11 victims in Pennsylvania — pumping his fists in a way that almost instantly got called out online.

Trump, after landing in Pennsylvania to honor the 40 passengers and crew members who died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed outside Shanksville, Penn., walked over to a crowd of supporters and pumped both of his fists.

“Hello everybody. How are you?” Trump asked the crowd, before complimenting them. “What a good-looking group.”

Below is a look at the picture making the rounds, as well as video of Trump exiting the plane.

The president’s demeanor didn’t sit well with many on Twitter, however. “This is an abomination,” one user declared.


Even actor Morgan Freeman called out Trump in a message to survivors and their families: “Please know that our country is with you even if our President is not.”

Another user said the president’s reaction showed “dementia” in full effect.

Others compared it to President Obama’s reaction during previous memorial services.


President Trump, along with first lady Melania Trump, were heading to a service in memory of United 93.

The flight was heading west from New Jersey when it was highjacked by four terrorists that planned on crashing the plane in Washington, D.C.

Instead, the flight crashed in Pennsylvania after several passengers thwarted the hijackers’ plans to attack the nation’s capital. About 3,000 people were killed in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.