‘Green Book’ writer facing scrutiny for resurfaced 2015 tweet backing Trump 9/11 claim

‘Green Book’ writer facing scrutiny for resurfaced 2015 tweet backing Trump 9/11 claim
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"Green Book" writer Nick Vallelonga is facing pushback after a tweet from 2015 resurfaced on Wednesday where he seemed to defend President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE's baseless claims that Muslims celebrated in New Jersey after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"100% correct," Vallelonga said in a now-deleted tweet that tagged Trump's claims, according to NBC. "Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw it when you did, possibly on local CBS News."

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Vallelonga reportedly deleted the tweet and deactivated his account sometime Wednesday after users began circulating and criticizing it.

"Nick Vallelonga wrote Green Book," film producer Jordan Horowitz tweeted. "My industry just gave him a Golden Globe for writing. This remains on his timeline. Mahershala Ali is a Muslim, and a beautiful, generous and kind man. This is all just too disgusting."

 

Ali stars in the movie that Vallelonga won a Golden Globe for the past Sunday.

The writer's manager confirmed to Buzzfeed that the tweet was authentic, but Vallelonga and his team have not publicly commented on the tweet.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump made the claims that following the 9/11 attacks, he saw Muslims on television in New Jersey celebrating. 

Reviews of television clips and newspaper clippings from the time have not uncovered anything to suggest there were celebrations at the level Trump had originally suggested.