Donald Trump took a break from demanding that America kill children, mistreating people with disabilities, and re-arranging photos of himself on his desk to continue pushing a fourth-hand 9/11 NJ "cheering" narrative that has now been debunked and refuted multiple times. But because Trump is a dangerous snake oil salesman who remains on top of the Republican presidential nominee tire fire, it's important to make it abundantly clear when Trump's particular brand of bigoted racism lapses into outright fantasy.

Let's go back for a moment to how this all began. Last week, Trump said this during a rally in Birmingham: "Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down," Trump said. "And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering. So something’s going on. We’ve got to find out what it is."

Since then, everyone from George Stephanopoulos to former Jersey City mayor Steve Furlop to MTV to the NY Times to the Washington Post to Chuck Todd have challenged and/or debunked Trump's claim. This week, even the people trying to help Trump—ie, his mass of obsequious Twitter followers, Rudy Giuliani, Breitbart, the NY Post—have only dug him into a deeper hole. Trump's initial claim was, at best, a willfully-deceitful exaggeration of a vague anecdote taken to an extreme for the purpose of drumming up the fear in his frothing, disenchanted, mostly white audience; and at worst, it's an indication that the arrogant Trump has reached the Stalin phase of his political career earlier than expected.

Now to his "evidence." First, Donald Trump MKII Rudy Giuliani was able to simultaneously support Trump and completely refute everything he said while defending Trump on TV. He said on CNN yesterday that Trump was "exaggerating" his claims: "We did have some reports of celebrating that day while the towers were coming down," Giuliani said, adding that he would have "known for sure" if there had been thousands of people cheering.

"I don't want to say he's not telling the truth or not. Let him deal with it. Let him explain to people. Let him show the evidence of it," Giuliani said. "If thousands of people were demonstrating and he saw it on television, then there must be some tape of it somewhere. If it shows up it will corroborate him. If it doesn't show up it's going to make him look really bad."

Giuliani previously stated he had "heard" about such reports, but never actually saw any proof of it.

Here's where it gets really nasty: Giuliani cited one particular anecdote about "one situation in which a candy store owned by a Muslim family was celebrating that day, right near a housing development. And the kids in the housing development came in and beat them up. And, I think both facts were corroborated to be true." As Mediaite points out, that incident did happen—except it was a hate crime against the owner of the candy store, one that was provoked by the attackers. You can read the actual account of what happened here.

CNN followed up on the interview with some actual facts about the rumors and alleged reports:

Other local politicians and several media outlets have sharply disputed Trump's claim of "thousands" of American Muslims celebrating, including Politifact, which rated the charge "pants on fire" and The Washington Post, which rated it "four Pinocchios."

Neither outlet could find any specific evidence to corroborate Trump's allegation, though there were a handful of reports of rumors that there were celebrations in New Jersey, along with images of Palestinians celebrating overseas.

A September 17, 2001, Associated Press story referred to "unfounded ... rumors of rooftop celebrations of the attack by Muslims" in Jersey City, New Jersey.

And a September 18, 2001, story from The Washington Post wrote, "law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river."

Trump has tweeted or re-tweeted many reports of those unfounded, uncredited rumors, relying on second, third and fourth-party witnesses, such as Curtis Silva and Howard Stern listeners:

Medaite handled this one pretty well:

Not proof but contemporaneous citation?” In what alternate Spock’s-got-a-beard universe does that mean anything to a journalist? All it really means is that the columnist Halperin cites, Fred Siegal, listened to the same rumors that Kovaleski apparently felt worthy of print, but unworthy of attribution.

Kovaleski, let us not forget, is the NY Times journalist whom Trump first cited as proof of his claims, and who outright said the initial reporting was unfounded. He is also the reporter with a disability whom Trump hatefully mocked.

Sliwa said on Twitter that the clip had been taken out of context, and "noted that callers to his show on the day of the attacks had reported seeing about a dozen teenagers briefly celebrating in Paterson, not 'thousands and thousands.'"

This all has about the same credibility as me writing, "I've heard Nicole Kidman has murdered thousands with her sneezes" because I read something somewhere once along those lines and it does SOUND pretty possible, doesn't it? As Trump himself phrased it over the weekend, "When the Trade Center came down, it was done all around the world. And you know that because that has been reported very strongly. Why wouldn’t it have taken place?"

Trump also cited CBS reporter Pablo Guzman (you can see his report above), who explained in a series of tweets that a source told him they heard of eight people possibly cheering on a roof, but "it was hard to follow up"—aka, it was never actually corroborated whatsoever.

This was all the evidence Breitbart needed to declare Trump "100% vindicated" because the word "swarms" was invoked. The logic here, citing the NY Post mention, the thoroughly debunked MTV report, and Guzman's "swarms" comment (which he already corrected), is impeccable. If Trump ISN'T 100% correct, it's only because the EVIL MEDIA set him up to fail. The media caused the lies, Trump is a victim of the media.

From all of those news reports, it is perfectly reasonable and nothing close to lying to put together a picture of “thousands”.

FACT: Donald Trump is now 100% vindicated.

If these celebrations did not occur, the only thing Trump did wrong was to believe the same media that is now calling him a liar — and doing so to cover up the truth about American Muslims celebrating 9/11 and their own covering up of that fact.

They offer more irrefutable evidence here—which includes some air-tight Bernard Kerik quotes ("We had a number of reports of people celebrating" is as definite proof as anything I've ever heard), the aforementioned debunked MTV report and NY Post tidbit, and the fact that CNN anchor Chris Cuomo... said something on air this week? It makes no sense!—if you feel like crawling through the gutter.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie is also running for president, but he broke the Republican presidential omerta to call Trump crazy for continuing to chase this dragon: "It didn't happen," Christie told ABC. "[He is] just wrong. It's factually wrong."

Encapsulating this heady mix of misinformation, rumormongering, and bullshit, Fox News anchor Eric Bolling offered his own confused memories of the day: "I remember video, I don’t remember if it was Pakistan or Paterson. But there was also a lot of talk,” he said on Monday. "Whether or not it was a thousand, thousands, a few hundred, a handful, who cares?" Who cares indeed. He would make an excellent running mate though!

This is all to say that Trump's people (and his fans) have fervently been working to find evidence, any shred of evidence, that Trump's blathering was based in fact. Instead, what has emerged is a half-remembered, racist-driven portrait of misinformation at its most nebulous. What matters most is this: there is no video proof of anything like this ever having happened; there is no proof that thousands of people were cheering in NJ; there is no way Trump actually witnessed any of these things as he claimed.

He may be a bullshit artist most days of the week, but in this instance, Trump is a liar, and it needs to shouted to the heavens. And that is why the heads of the Republican party are terrified that he could win the nomination.

But there will always be people who mistake bullshit for bravery.