Ben Carson initially jumped to fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump’s defense when Trump said Sunday he saw “thousands” of people in New Jersey celebrating right after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But Carson has since walked back his comment.
“I saw the film of it, yes,” Carson told reporters Monday of Trump’s claim that thousands in New Jersey, where Trump said there are “large Arab populations,” were celebrating the fall of the Twin Towers. But in a statement provided to TIME, Carson’s campaign clarified that the former neurosurgeon was remembering footage of the Middle East, not of New Jersey:
Trump, however, isn’t backing down, even demanding an apology from the Washington Post:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2015
The Post gave Trump a “four Pinocchio” rating when it fact-checked his statement, saying, “This appears to be another case of Trump’s overactive imagination.”