Runnin’ Scared theme of the day: ridiculous religious intolerance. Providing an “exit strategy” for Islamic Center investors, New York’s most famous billionaire offered Hisham Elzanaty 25 percent more than what he paid for the site of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, making the $6 million offer not because he is sold on the location but because it would end “a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation,” according to a letter released by Trump’s publicist and reported by the AP.
But Park51 officials essentially said, “No way.” Wolodymyr Starosolsky, a lawyer for one of the real estate investors who controls the site, called Trump’s offer “a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight.”
According to the AP:
Trump had also attached a condition to his offer: He said that as part of the deal, the backers of the mosque project would need to promise that any new mosque they constructed would be at least five blocks farther away from the World Trade Center site.
Well, if it was simply an attempt at publicity, he got it, albeit briefly and in the shadows of an even worse famewhore. If it was anything more, looks like he was told the real estate equivalent of “You’re fired!”