In June we shared a post from
“Trump Files”, a series of posts that highlight the business mogul and Republican Presidential
many oddities from over the years.
We previously discussed how, in 1997, Trump claimed that the Mafia was
behind the campaign to villainize asbestos. As recently as 2012, he alleged
via Twitter that the World Trade Towers would not have burned down if
they had been made with asbestos.
The Natural Resources Defense Council
estimates that 300 to 400 tons of asbestos fibers were used to construct the World
Trade Center, and an analysis of the dust that blanketed a region of several
square miles following the towers collapse revealed four percent asbestos
in some areas.
Mother Jones shared the following footage of Trump speaking before a subcommittee
of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in 2005.
“In New York City, we have a lot of asbestos buildings, and there’s
a whole lot of debate about asbestos, I mean, a lot of people could say
that if the World Trade Towers had asbestos, it wouldn’t have burned
down, it wouldn’t have melted, okay.
A lot of people think asbestos, a lot of people in my industry think that
asbestos is the greatest fireproofing material ever, ever made. And I
can tell you that I’ve seen tests of asbestos vs. the new material
that’s being used, and it’s not even a competition, it’s
like a heavyweight champion against a lightweight from high school.
But in your great wisdom, you folks have said asbestos is a horrible material
that has to be removed.”
As a Presidential nominee, Trump ignoring the extensive scientific proof of the
dangers of asbestos is worrisome. To the hundreds of thousands of American families that have
affected by asbestos cancer, it’s downright cruel.