Rather Than Attend 9/11 Memorial with Other Presidents, Trump Opts for Boxing and Boasting
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While much of the country - including former presidents and their families - celebrated the 20th
In addition to a 9/11 visit (where he inevitably complained about successor Joe Biden), the former president appeared chatty at a boxing match and conference hosted by the widow of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the controversial Unification Church, was organized.
After a surprise trip on Saturday in the 17th Commentary on a Boxing Event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Other Presidents celebrated the day with memorial visits: Joe Biden, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and their wives went to Ground Zero, while George and Laura Bush visited Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where he made remarks.
Trump was invited to Ground Zero with the other presidents, but did not attend.
However, he was featured later on Saturday during a pay-per-view boxing match.
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(LR) Former President Bill Clinton, Former First Lady Hillary Clinton, Former President Barack Obama, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg's Partner Diana Taylor, and Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) participates in a minute's silence during the annual 9/11 Memorial Service at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum on September 11, 2021 in New York.
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Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort led the event, but Trump seemed delighted to be in the limelight and make comments alongside son Donald Trump Jr. and 50 Cent.
When the crowd chanted: "We want Trump! We want Trump!", The ex-president, who was thrown from most social media platforms by his supporters after the attack on the Capitol, stood up in his box, smiled and shook his fist in the air, according to USA Today.
(Holyfield, 58, who replaced Oscar de la Hoya in the ring after contracting COVID-19, lost in the first round thanks to a TKO.)
A longtime supporter of fistfighting, Trump hosted games at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey before closing in 2014 and eventually demolished in February.
At some point on Saturday, when the boxing judges were discussing the results of an early fight, Trump expressed himself with a characteristic distrust of the results: "It could be manipulated."
The pay-per-view event, which aired on the FITE streaming platform for fans willing to pay $ 49.99, lasted almost three and a half hours. In the end, Trump described the experience: "It's like a rally," he said, according to Politico.
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But his day was not over yet: Trump also delivered a message on Saturday by taped video at a conference organized by Hak Ja Han Moon, whose late husband founded the Unification Church.
The church is viewed as a sect by many critics (followers are derisively referred to as "the Moonies"), despite church officials insisting that it is a legitimate religious organization.
In his taped appearance at the Church's Rally for Hope, Trump thanked Hak Ja Han Moon for her "incredible work for peace around the world".
He also patted himself on the shoulder and praised his handling of the tense political situation on the Korean peninsula during his tenure.
Sun Myung Moon, who claimed that Jesus appeared to him as a teenager, founded the Unification Church in South Korea in 1954 before moving to the United States in 1971.
He was known for performing mass weddings between thousands of strangers.
He also founded the conservative newspaper The Washington Times in 1982 and was convicted of tax evasion in the 1980s. He died in 2012.
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Sun Myung Moon's wife and Unification Church co-leader
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