UPDATE II: Sean Hannity tweets that would-be Koran burning pastor Terry Jones will visit Ground Zero on 9/11. As Sean says, "this is getting nuts."
Donald Trump is offering to buy out one of the major investors in the real estate partnership that controls the site near Ground Zero where a Muslim group wants to build a 13-story Islamic cultural center.
In a letter released Thursday by Mr. Trump's publicist, the real estate investor informed Hisham Elzanaty, a major investor in the Islamic center, known as Park51, that he would buy his stake in the Lower Manhattan building for 25% more than whatever he paid. Mr. Trump wrote that he's making the offer not because he thinks the location is spectacular but because it would end "a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation."
At a press conference just now, “pastor” Terry Jones has reportedly offered to cancel the Koran burning he had scheduled for Sept. 11 in exchange for an agreement to move the Park51 mosque project away from Ground Zero.**Watch video of Jones' statement below, via Greg**
Donald Trump's offer to buy an investor's stake where a mosque is planned near ground zero is falling flat.Um, excuse me, Hisham. Trump may be a publicity seeker, but his offer was in no way "cheap," it provided a reasonable "out" for you, and could have brought about an agreeable resolution to an incendiary situation. So much for "healing" and "bridge building."
Wolodymyr Starosolsky is a lawyer for the investor in the real estate partnership that controls the site. He says Trump's offer is "just a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight."
In a letter released Thursday by Trump's publicist, Trump told Hisham Elzanaty he would buy his stake in the lower Manhattan building for 25 percent more than whatever he paid.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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