Trump Visits NY Bodega Where Clerk Faced Murder Charge For Self-Defense

Former president and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump received a surprisingly warm welcome in far-left New York City — with supporters cheering “four more years” outside of the bodega where a store clerk was charged with murder for defending himself.

The Sanaa Convenient Store, previously named the Blue Moon Convenient Store, was the site of a violent attack back in July 2022 — where a violent career criminal attacked former store clerk Jose Alba, who ultimately killed his attacker in self-defense and was charged with murder by radical leftist Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

The murder charges ended up getting dropped after Bragg faced outrage from the public on both sides of the aisle — but the employee still ended up moving back to his home country, the Dominican Republic, because he was so traumatized from the ordeal.

Alba’s attacker, 35-year-old Austin Simon, was seen on camera attempting to intimidate the 61-year-old store clerk over being caught stealing a single bag of chips. Simon’s girlfriend, Tina Lee, then pulled out a knife and stabbed Alba, but he fought back — fatally stabbing Simon.

Despite the clear case of self-defense being caught on surveillance footage, Bragg imprisoned Alba for nearly a week after he was charged with second-degree murder. Public pressure over the incident led to the district attorney’s office initially reducing Alba’s bail and eventually withdrawing the prosecution entirely.

Trump visited the bodega where the incident occurred to meet with small business advocate Francisco Marte and Maad Ahmed, the co-owner of the store.

Prior to Trump’s arrival, Ahmed told the New York Post that “what happened to Jose was very hard for me. Jose was defending himself from the guy who came behind the counter. All for $1 worth of chips.”

The bodega co-owner also pointed out that New York City, a place he once loved, had become extremely dangerous — noting that his business continues to deal with a seriously high crime rate.

During the visit, Trump vowed to “straighten New York out” — telling the bodega workers that they “should be allowed to have a gun. If you had a gun, you’d never get robbed, you’d never get robbed, that would be the end of it.”

Ahmed agreed with Trump’s argument, expressing his belief that criminals “would respect the store” if they knew that the employees were armed. He then stated that he would apply for a firearm permit based on Trump’s suggestion — though Alba’s attorney, Rich Cardinale, warned Trump that using a firearm could lead to Ahmed’s employees facing the same situation as his client.

“If you use a gun and you’re defending yourself lawfully, you will go to jail,” Cardinale said.
A New York Post reporter also questioned Trump about how he would make bodegas safer if he is reelected, to which the presumptive GOP nominee stated that allowing the police to “do their jobs” would help address the problem.

“Every week they’re being robbed two or three times, it’s crazy. You know what? The police can stop it but they have to be allowed to do their job,” he said.

“You have to stop crime and we’re going to let the police do their job,” Trump added. “They have to be given back their authority. We’re making a big play New York. I love this city and it’s gotten so bad in the last three years, four years, and we’re going to straighten New York out.”

Ahmed also told the New York Post that he plans on voting for the first time in his life, and will be choosing Trump.

“I have never voted, because I’ve been working, but this time I will. We need Donald Trump back in the White House because he’s a strong guy,” Ahmed argued.

Meanwhile, Marte said that his organization does not endorse political candidates, but noted that he was grateful for Trump’s support of small businesses and “law and order.”

“This store was where the fight against the liberal laws started, when they were charging Jose Alba with murder for defending himself. The fight against those liberals started here,” he told the outlet.

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