Saturday, May 07, 2005

Trump Stands Up for the Twin Towers

Donald Trump has thrown his support behind the replacement of the awful "Freedom Tower" plan for Ground Zero with new Twin Towers:

Regardless of your views of billionaire Donald Trump... the guy is a leader. And he has proven it once again. With New York politicians including Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Rudy Giuliani, and others afraid to state the obvious about Governor Pataki's problem plagued Freedom Tower, there was Trump today in the New York Post. "The design for the Freedom Tower is an egghead design... which has no practical application and which, frankly, didn't look very good." Trump went on to say that the Twin Towers should be rebuilt. "I think the World Trade Center should be rebuilt on the site, only stronger and a little bit taller, even if it's only one story taller."

Trump also provided a life raft to Larry Silverstein, the man in charge of developing the site. Trump called him a "wonderful professional who sort of got roped" by Pataki into the freedom tower plan. "I don't think this is something he (Silverstein) really wanted."

The impact of Donald Trump should not be underestimated. He has just pushed a gigantic boulder downhill. The only question now is whether New York's politicians get behind this or whether they get flattened. The fact is, Donald Trump has just made it clear to everybody that the Freedom Tower is dead and that some version of the Twin Towers is, sooner or later, coming back.

Indeed, let's hope so. As an reader aptly put it, "I worked in tower 1 for five years... What's this freedom thing? Freedom is putting those towers back."

Indeed it is. Two raised middle fingers towards the primitives of the Middle East.


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