If Donald Trump were a character on a sharp-tongued political comedy like Veep (maybe Jonah's longtime mentor?), he would be one of the funniest, most compelling characters on TV. But sadly, he's a real life human being who is willing to say (and possibly believe) anything as long as people keep paying attention to him.

As for his latest hearty batch of bullshit, Trump dropped this doozy of misinformation on a crowd during a rally yesterday 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."

The Times utilized their patented droll tone to tackle this one:

It was not clear what Mr. Trump was referring to.

There were cheers of support in some Middle Eastern countries that day, which were broadcast on television. But a persistent Internet rumor of Muslims celebrating in Paterson, N.J., was discounted by police officials at the time. A search of news accounts from that period shows no reports of mass cheering in Jersey City.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the response of Muslim-Americans on Sept. 11 was disgust. “I know because I wrote it,” he said of the council’s reaction, adding that if Mr. Trump had evidence of cheering, he should present it.

Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump, would not elaborate on his comments; his aides have repeatedly declined to make him available to address the controversies over some of his statements. Ms. Hicks said only that Mr. Trump had drawn an “unprecedented” crowd of 10,000 in Birmingham, adding, “Mr. Trump’s speech was great and unbelievably well received.”

Trump wouldn't elaborate on his comments to the Times. But he had no problem doubling down on it during an interview on ABC's This Week Sunday morning. Here is the transcript of Trump's conversation with George Stephanopoulos:

STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, the police say that didn't happen and all those rumors have been on the Internet for some time.

So did you meek -- misspeak yesterday?

TRUMP: It did happen. I saw it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You saw that...

TRUMP: It was on television. I saw it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: -- with your own eyes.

TRUMP: George, it did happen.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Police say it didn't happen.

TRUMP: There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down -- as those buildings came down. And that tells you something. It was well covered at the time, George.

Now, I know they don't like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time.

There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.

STEPHANOPOULOS: As I said, the police have said it didn't happen.

Steve Furlop, mayor of Jersey City, responded to Trump's comments on Twitter:

If all of this doesn't depress you enough, Trump really was in rare form this weekend: supporters at the rally kicked and punched a Black Lives Matter protester, and Trump's response to the incident on Fox and Friends was to say, "Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing."

On top of that: Trump also refused to rule out an Independent campaign (if he doesn't win the Republican nomination), going back on his GOP pledge. He also re-tweeted some anti-black propoaanda, which Gawker lovingly explains is complete garbage.

Trump remains in the lead of the Republican presidential field.