Giuliani is a joke
Politico reported former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani told a closed-door Republican dinner, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe the president loves America…He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”
What does Giuliani mean he wasn’t brought up like him? Does he mean President Obama is different because Obama has been faithfully married to the same woman for twenty-three years and Giuliani cheated on his first wife (his second cousin) and after marrying his mistress, Donna Hanover, cheated on her too? Is that what he meant?
You see, a man with as fragile character as Rudy Giuliani should know not to cast stones. Rudy Giuliani is the man who wanted to extend his term as New York’s mayor after 9/11 as if the city couldn’t function without him.
Giuliani has shamelessly padded his role in the aftermath of 9/11 and no one has pushed the idea of Giuliani as “America’s mayor” harder than Giuliani himself. While running for the Republican nomination for president in 2007, he told reporters in Cincinnati, “I was at ground zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers … I was there working with them. I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I’m one of them.” When the head of the NYPD detective union and other first responders called BS on his claims, Giuliani backtracked claiming he “misspoke.”
How is this any different from the stolen valor remarks that NBC’s Brian Williams is being vilified for? It’s not. Ever since that horrific day in 2001, Giuliani has tried to find ways to use it for maximum political benefit. Sen. Joe Biden called him on it during a 2008 Democratic debate saying, “Rudy Giuliani…there’s only three things he mentions in a sentence, a noun, a verb and 9/11.” When you have law enforcement and relatives of the victims of 9/11 calling you out for inflating your role in the aftermath of the nation’s worst terrorist attack, you’ve reached a new low.
There’s a reason why the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) opposed his candidacy for the nomination in 2008.
That Giuliani offers nothing to political discourse in America should surprise no one. In his campaign in 2008, the more voters found out about him, the lower his poll numbers sank. Whenever he opens his mouth, he diminishes himself.
Nowadays, Giuliani knows he’ll never win national office, so he’s following the playbook of many before him, saying the most ridiculous, controversial, outrageous stuff he can think of, tossing red meat to conservative cranks, mouth breathers and knuckle draggers in order to inflate his appearance fees.
President Barack Obama, like the 43 presidents before him, is not immune to criticism. Criticizing him on substance like the Affordable Care Act, immigration, foreign policy and any other issue one finds disagreement with is completely fair game. Our nation was built on dissent and the contest of ideas is what helps make the country great. But attacks like “he doesn’t love this country” and “he wasn’t raised like us” is just utter bullshit. This is the birth certificate “nontroversy” all over again.
Senators Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Lindsay Graham, all considering presidential runs, disagreed with Giuliani and indicated questioning patriotism is out of bounds. Unsurprisingly, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was in the room when Giuliani made his remarks, says he doesn’t know if the president loves the country or not. That’s crap and should be treated as such. It’s right up there with that disgusting “I don’t know if the president is a citizen or not” garbage many Republicans served up during the president’s first term.
It’s like saying, I don’t know if Governor Scott Walker is a child molester. I don’t know if Rudy Giuliani uses crystal meth, wears women’s undergarments and patronizes underage homosexual prostitutes. See how easy that sick game is played?
How about criticism on substance? How about the competition of ideas? How about laying out a competing vision? Or how about #Juststoptalking.