Skip to comments.Turkey’s Erdogan wasn’t allowed to speak at Muhammad Ali’s funeral. Now he’s not going.
Posted on 06/10/2016 12:02:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Erdogan was initially on the roster of speakers on the funeral a list that includes a number of famous names, such as former president Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal. However, on Monday, Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell had said that two unnamed speakers had been added to the program, meaning that foreign guests Erdogan and King Abdullah II of Jordan would no longer be able to make an address. Gunnell told reporters that the two world leaders had been gracious and understood. But there were a number of suggestions that perhaps Erdogan had been removed from the list not just for scheduling reasons.
Erdogan did attend Thursday nights funeral prayer service for Ali. According to Turkish media reports, Erdogan had hoped to lay a piece from the cloth covering the Kaaba in Mecca on Alis coffin during the service, or Jenazah, but the events organizers had turned down this request, along with another to have a top Turkish cleric read from the Koran during the ceremony.
There had also been a number of unconfirmed reports that Alis family had invited the U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, a noted rival to Erdogan, to the funeral: If true, this would no doubt add further to the Turkish presidents displeasure.
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George Foreman told people in Pittsburgh this week that he wasn’t going because he didn’t want to be a distraction. He’d pay his respects privately. That takes a lot of class as I understand him and Ali were close friends.
I do not give a ratsass
Erdogan would have spouted off about ancient wars with Greece, and the Armenians. Erdogan is listed first under ‘The Insecure, Thin Skinned Leader’. He wants a German comedian prosecuted in Germany for making uncomplimentary remarks about Erdogan.
I’d say Erdogen is going to disappear soon. No one can figure out how he got elected in the first place. He’s a nut.
Donald Trump wanted to go, but I don’t think he did, or we would have heard about it by now. Trump knew Ali quite well.
He can always raise the topic later, after all the pageantry and ceremony of Ali’s funeral.
What do you want to bet the whole Clinton clan goes with the full on crocodile tears. Anything to pander for those black votes.
Yep. Contrast Trump’s class as well. Remember when Reagan passed 12 years ago this very month and John Kerry had to force himself to the front of the viewing line in DC just to be seen by the pressers?
“Donald Trump wanted to go”
I believe I heard a Fox Business reporter mention that a Rabbi showed poor class by spouting pro Hillary crap during his speach at the Service.
Fethula Gulen is a big Clinton donor who runs a compound in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He's a supporter of Hamas.
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