By DAVID GREENE
With a recent U.S. government report implicating some individuals in the Saudi Arabian government in having assisted the 9/11 hijackers, this week we asked readers for their thoughts on Trump Golf Links, located in Ferry Point Park in Throggs Neck, hosting a Saudi-sponsored, women’s golf tournament next month in The Bronx.
“It’s so funny you mention that because I was just watching something on that. What took place was really different because what went down was the government is hiding something, because for us to do what we did, it had to be something else that was done to make them do what they did. I was down there when all that took place…I heard about that. I was, like, damn! How? With all the lives taken and all of the destruction that took place, how can they work with those people who committed devastation to America? How are you going to allow business to come in here? Russia and Saudi Arabia made good money in the U.K., but they didn’t do that here and they were able to build their fortunes there and elsewhere. The golf tournament is a slap in the face to America and a slap in the face to all of the people who went to work, thinking they were coming back home to their loved ones, and never made it back home. It’s a slap in the face to democracy. It should not even be held. How can [former President Donald] Trump even do something of this nature?”
“I don’t agree with this tournament he [former President Donald Trump] is going to host, because he should respect the American homeland, the nation, and he doesn’t. He gave us trouble and now he disrespects us. He is doing it for money and for publicity. He did wrong to this nation and now he’s trying to prove himself that he did right. He’s looking for money too. I live in The Bronx, and I don’t want this event to take place here.”
“I had heard about something with the Saudis and Trump before, but you’ve kind of verified it for me and you know, thinking about it honestly, I’m trying my best to have a critical standpoint. I’m trying to view it…..from what you’re telling me, and the information I’ve been told, and information I’ve looked up on my own, and if this is indeed true, and they’re coming over here, that’s a bit [expletive] up. C’mon now! We’ve lost people. Being African American, I’m American, nonetheless. If this is indeed the truth, it’s [expletive] due to the fact that we were told a bunch of b——t, and now, you have these people from another country coming here. They’re behind something. We went to war over and lost, Lord knows, how many lives of our own, and destroyed two different countries over what? A lie? So, it’s a bit upsetting, because I was 11 years old when that happened, and I was, like, George Bush’s poster boy, saying we’ve got to go over there, and we’ve got to do this, so you kind of feel a bit foolish, knowing what I know now.”
Bobby Lamonte Tolliver,
“I know people personally that work at Trump Links. They just had a car show two weeks ago… I know people that work there, and I’ve spoken to them about it, Blacks and Latinos and beyond, and they say, ‘Dion, this place is the best job I’ve had ever. These people that come here, not Trump, but people that frequent the establishment, over-tip, and they’re so nice. If they’re racist, then I don’t know, but they pay me a $50 tip for a $12 drink, if I bring it in a timely fashion and make sure that the liquid does not hit the bottom of that glass.’ So that’s the testimonials I want people to know from the minority side, and I do want it to happen because of that one factor… I’d show up if I was invited.”
“Two things were particularly striking when I learned of the Saudi-backed women’s tournament, hosted by [former President Donald] Trump. One, despite my own personal feelings, and [alleged] evidence of the American government’s [alleged] involvement in the collapse of the Twin Towers in 2001, it is not in good taste that the former president is in bed on a deal like this. Two, given the history with dealings that have landed him in tremendous legal trouble, potential jail time, etc., I don’t believe that he deserves to make millions of dollars off of an event of this magnitude when he has, unfortunately, proven time and time again that he cannot be trusted to act in the best interest of our country.”
Editor’s Note: Dion Powell is running for State senate in District 32 in the November 2022 general election on the Conservative Party ticket, while Shanequa Charles ran for State Assembly in District 78 in the June 2022 Democratic Primary.
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