Back in 2010, a group of Muslim investors wanted to build a mosque near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. This sparked outrage with millions of Americans who found it to be a slap in the face to allow a mosque to be built near such hollowed ground.
The man behind it all was Hashim Elzanaty who along with eight other investors purchased the location and set the plans in place. But a famous billionaire New Yorker stepped in to stop the development. He did this by offering Elzanty $6 million to purchase the property from him — a dollar amount that exceeded fair market value at the time.
The billionaire even went a step further to buy more land further away from the Ground Zero site so Elzanaty could still have his mosque. That billionaire was Donald Trump.
President Obama had announced his support for the mosque. So did the Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg who claimed , “if we don’t build it, the terrorists will win!”
The deal with Trump never went through, but pressure from Trump, the community, and 9/11 support groups forced the investors to built elsewhere.