Speaking at a pro-Israel 2020 policy conference Monday, former New York City mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg declared one of his greatest moments was insisting it was just fine to build a mosque near Ground Zero after Sept. 11.
His comments marked the second time in less than a month Mr. Bloomberg has sought to cloak his presidential bid in the memory of the 9/11 attacks, which occurred before he was elected.
“I was never prouder than when I stood in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty and argued that Muslim New Yorkers had every right to build a mosque anywhere in our city, including near the World Trade Center,” Mr. Bloomberg told the applauding crowd during his address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Washington Post
Mr. Bloomberg was referring to a plan, floated in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda jihadists that killed more than 3,000 people and left a smoking crater in downtown Manhattan, to build a mosque and a $100 million Muslim community center near where the legendary skyscrapers once stood.
Bloomberg was vocal in his support of the project despite the strong opposition from many groups, including 9/11 families.
Bloomberg thinks the ground zero mosque is a winning issue for him. On Wednesday, he tweeted a reminder that he championed the cause.
“After 9/11, New Yorkers of all faiths came together to rebuild the city. So when groups opposed a mosque near Ground Zero, I spoke up,” he said. “Muslims are as much a part of NYC & America as people of any faith. Our doors are open to everyone with a dream and a willingness to work hard.”
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