Donald Trump: ‘Rioting in the Streets’ if ‘Mosque’ Built
September 10, 2010
(ChattahBox US News)—The “Donald” gave a telephone interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, to talk about his rejected offer to purchase the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” property in Lower Manhattan. According to Donald Trump, the developer holding the major interest in the Park51 property is just out to make money, by benefiting from the anti-Islam fervor that has surrounded the proposed building of the Islamic community center. Said the Donald: There would be “rioting in the streets” if the “Mosque,” which isn’t a Mosque, was built two and a half blocks away from the Ground Zero site.
Trump also said that the condition attached to his purchase offer, that the Mosque be moved “at least five blocks further from the World Trade Center site,” was a brilliant “psychological” move. Building the Islamic community center five blocks away instead of two and a half blocks, would eliminate the divisive Islamophobia that has taken hold of our country reasoned Trump.
But Trump is wrong. How does he account for the wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence that has developed in Tennessee and California? Five blocks is not going to magically erase the anti-Islam hate that has been generated by the likes of Fox News, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.
The developer, Hisham Elzanaty, rejected Trump’s purchase offer, made “as a resident of New York and a citizen of the United States,” with his attorney saying, the offer is “just a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight.”
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