Another 9/11-style attack may be just around the corner if Joe Biden is elected president, warns Noor bin Ladin, the niece of Sept. 11 terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.
“ISIS proliferated under the Obama/Biden administration, leading to them coming to Europe. Trump has shown he protects America and us by extension from foreign threats by obliterating terrorists at the root and before they get a chance to strike,” bin Ladin, 33, told The Post in her first-ever interview.
Bin Ladin (whose branch of the family has always spelled their name differently than her infamous uncle) lives in Switzerland but said she considers herself “an American at heart.” A full size US flag hung in her childhood room at age 12 and her dream vacation is an RV trip across America.
The stunning, Swiss-born bin Ladin says she is all in for Trump in 2020, calling the election the most important in a generation.
“I have been a supporter of President Trump since he announced he was running in the early days in 2015. I have watched from afar and I admire this man’s resolve,” she said. “He must be reelected … It’s vital for the future of not only America, but western civilization as a whole.”
“You look at all the terrorist attacks that have happened in Europe over the past 19 years. They have completely shaken us to the core … [Radical Islam] has completely infiltrated our society,” bin Ladin continued. “In the US it’s very worrying that the left has aligned itself completely with the people who share that ideology.”
While Trump has long been a polarizing figure in the United States, he is even more toxic in Europe, where views of US leadership have often plummeted since he took office. A 2018 Gallup poll found just 18% of Swiss citizens approved of his job performance.
Noor, who said she regularly wears a “Make America Great Again” hat (and occasionally a Trump bedtime onesie), has had to confront many Trump-haters on her side of the Atlantic. During a recent trip to the grocery store while wearing the iconic red cap, Noor was accosted.
“I am minding my own business and this woman in her late 50s charges toward me and starts speaking very loudly and aggressively to me,” she recalled. “She’s yelling at me and saying how can I be wearing this and Trump is the worst president ever and she’s basically dumping on my beloved president … She told me three times, ‘You’re stupid.’ I kept my cool, and needless to say I kept my hat!”
And it’s not just Trump. From her perch in Western Europe, Noor bin Ladin has been a keen and meticulous consumer of conservative media and advocate of their most hot-button causes. Though soft-spoken with aristocratic graces, she can offer lengthy monologues railing against Spygate, tech censorship of conservative voices, mandatory mask-wearing, The New York Times discredited 1619 project, and even Andrew Cuomo’s controversial executive order requiring nursing homes to accept seniors with COVID-19.
Her favorite television show is Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and she’s chummy with Laura Loomer. The rising GOP star running for Congress in Florida is a ferocious opponent of radical Islam, but has also been accused by critics of Islamophobic remarks.
“Laura has been very vocal about this and I commend her for being brave enough and speaking out,” bin Ladin, who was not raised with any religion, said.
Bin Ladin didn’t mince words about The Squad either, and offered high praise to The Post’s front page cover calling out Rep. Ilhan Omar’s ‘some people did something’ remarks about 9/11.
“You do have a situation now in America where you have people like Ilhan Omar who actively hate your country,” bin Ladin said, noting how Omar had urged “compassionate” sentences for 13 ISIS recruits busted in her home state of Minnesota.
“It’s an honor to be able to go and live in the United States and make the most out of all the opportunities,” bin Ladin said, choking up. “If she hates it so much why doesn’t she leave.”
Bin Ladin is the daughter of Carmen Dufour, a Swiss author, and Yeslam bin Ladin — an older half-brother of Osama. Dufour and Yeslam split in 1988 and Noor, along with her two sisters, Wafah and Najia, were raised in Switzerland.
For most of her adult life, Noor helped her mother with a nasty and years-long divorce from Yeslam, who has played no role in her life. After the 9/11 attacks, Carmen became a brief international sensation with her 2004 tell-all account of her life in the bin Laden family: “Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia.”
Unlike her older sister Wafah, an international pop singer and socialite, Noor bin Ladin has kept a low profile. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Geneva, a master’s in commercial law from the University of London, and a computer coding bootcamp under her belt. She’s worked in startups and is currently writing a book analyzing the first 20 years of the 21st century.
“My life would have been very different had I been raised in Saudi Arabia,” she said. “I really grew up with this deep appreciation for freedom and basic individual rights.”
Bin Ladin recalled how she played soccer in school for 13 years. “My mom would come to all the games and she would say when I see you play I know that all the hardship was worth it because you get to do what you choose and what you love.”
Noor was just 14 when her uncle perpetrated the deadliest attack on US soil in history. From the moment the second plane hit, she knew her life would never be the same.
“I was so devastated,” she recalled. “I had been going to the states with my mom several times a year from the age of three onwards. I considered the US my second home.”
Bin Ladin said part of the reason she rejected liberal assertions that America was a “racist country” was based on her own lived experience.
“I have not had a single bad experience with Americans despite the name that I carry. On the contrary, I was overwhelmed by their kindness and understanding,” bin Ladin said, adding she’s been back to the US a few times since the attacks. She hasn’t visited the memorial yet, but is planning to on it the next time she is in New York.
“I really want to go and pay my respects.”
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