Fifty miles away from Ground Zero, family members of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks have been protesting outside Donald Trump’s Bedminster Golf Course in New Jersey, which is currently hosting the LIV Golf Tour that has ties to Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The families are currently pursuing a lawsuit seeking damages from Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the attacks, and have released a scathing ad slamming Trump for welcoming the LIV tournament (see below). The amount of money Trump’s golf club will receive for the event was not disclosed, but is estimated to be in the millions.
Trump had already lost the PGA Tour hosting gig after the January 6th Capitol insurrection, and hosting the Saudi-backed tour so close to where the horrific events of 9/11 occurred as the 21st anniversary approaches is like “adding salt to the wound,” said one of the family members outside Bedminster. “You’re not just playing golf, you’re taking a stance,” Juliette Scauso, who lost her 46-year-old FDNY dad on 9/11, told The New York Daily News. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is allowed to operate on American soil with complete impunity. How much money does it take to turn your back on your country?”
We posted some signs at the LIV Golf tournament at Trump Bedminster. Just want to make sure everyone stays safe. pic.twitter.com/XY59Q0VUUV
— The Good Liars (@TheGoodLiars) July 30, 2022
During his administration, the 9/11 families had petitioned Trump to release classified memos linking the Saudi government to the terrorist attack. Trump never followed through, but President Joe Biden eventually making the documents public.
We spent a week talking about Trump Bedminster & failed to mention how he keeps goats there to save millions on property taxes every year. In 2020 he paid just $700 bucks, he has run this scam for 17 years. Wonder how much wear and tear LIV puts on local roads. @TrumpBedminster
— NoelCaslerComedy (@caslernoel) July 30, 2022
Tim Frolic, who miraculously found his way out from the 80th Floor of the South Tower. “It’s deplorable.” Frolic lumped Trump in with the participating golfers, including big names like Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Dustin Johnson, who all signed multi-million dollar LIV deals. “‘Never forget’ did not come with an expiration date,” he said. “There’s outrage, hurt and confusion … These athletes made a personal decision to be bought off by Saudi Arabia.” Of Trump, he said: “You lied to our faces and continued your bulls— statements.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene is at the LIV Golf Tournament at Trump Bedminster. pic.twitter.com/JtE4kZxex5
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) July 30, 2022
The Saudi Arabian record of human rights violations is well-known, yet Trump shrugged it off when asked, along with the ties to September 11th, a subject Trump has often co-opted to boost his own public image. But the 9/11 families won’t forget.
Aside from hosting the Saudi-backed celebrity tournament, Trump also recently “discreetly” buried his first ex-wife, Ivana, near the first hole at Bedminster in a small “family plot” set aside specifically to skirt New Jersey’s property tax laws.