Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason ripped ex-President Donald Trump for hosting the LIV Golf tour at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course this week.
LIV Golf is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, and many have protested because of that country’s human rights violations and that 15 of the 19 hijackers from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were Saudi Arabian citizens.
Trump National Golf Club Bedminster is an hour’s drive from the World Trade Center.
“That is the ultimate insult to the families that are sitting here going, ‘what are we doing? We’re hosting a Saudi Arabian golf tournament with the Public Investment Fund from the government of Saudi Arabia at Trump Bedminster, right in the shadow of where these two buildings once stood?’ That’s what we’re doing here?” Esiason said on “Boomer and Gio” the WFAN morning radio show he co-hosts.
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Saudi Arabia has been accused of wide-ranging human rights abuses, including politically motivated killings, torture, forced disappearances and inhumane treatment of prisoners. And members of the royal family and Saudi government were accused of involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist.
Esiason wasn’t done with his criticism of Trump, the LIV Golf tour and his own employer, WFAN, as there have been commercials that have promoted the tour on the radio station.
“The former president’s hosting this garbage over there and these guys are accepting this money,” Esiason said. “It’s an insult to all the people that died on 9/11 and how their families were affected. But it’s also an insult to all the people that have died since 9/11 because of all the toxic carcinogens that they ingested while they were trying to clean this place up.”
“These guys are over there playing music, making hundreds of millions of dollars from the Saudi Arabian government, that’s what we’re doing? They can kiss my ass. I’m not watching,” Esiason added.