During a sombre weekend for American citizens, as the country marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, former US President Donald Trump was speaking at a “Rally of Hope” event linked to a Korean “cult”.
Taking place on Saturday, the online conference was hosted by Dr Hak Ja Han Moon, co-founder of the Universal Peace Federation, which was set up by Moon and her husband in 2005.
Her late husband, Sun Myung Moon, claimed to be the messiah and founded the Unification Church – an organisation known for mass weddings and its support for the unification of North and South Korea into a single Christian state. The group are also known as “the Moonies”.
Trump told attendees: “I want to thank the Universal Peace Federation and in particular Dr Hak Ja Han Moon – a tremendous person – for her incredible work on behalf of peace all over the world.
“What they have achieved on the peninsula is just amazing. In just a few decades, the inspiration that they have caused for the entire planet is unbelievable, and I congratulate you again and again.”
I wonder how much he got paid. Shinzo Abe, too. This cult is very, very rich. https://t.co/FEBBxh9Nig
— J. P. Gownder (கவுண்டர்) (@J. P. Gownder (கவுண்டர்))
Is this going to become some standard MAGA 9/11 tradition now? https://t.co/WwFvBocF6o
— GET VACCINATED! (((Jennifer Mendelsohn))) (@GET VACCINATED! (((Jennifer Mendelsohn))))
The virtual speech isn’t the only controversial thing Trump did over a weekend where other former presidents marked acknowledged the events of 11 September 2001. While Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and current president Joe Biden paid tribute at Ground Zero, in New York City, Trump released a recorded video about the anniversary.