Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-New York City) stood by his recent comments about President Obama, tonight on The Kelly File.
THE KELLY FILE:
MK: Breaking tonight, new outrage and backlash over an incendiary comment about the President of the united states by the man they call America’s mayor. Last night Rudy Giuliani, the man who led New York city through the 9/11 attacks, was speaking at a private dinner. In the audience was white house hopeful Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and dozens of Republican big wigs. Mayor Giuliani saying to the crowd, "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you and he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country." The backlash was quick and it was harsh. “I’m just sorry to hear that. I find it wrong in every possible way that can be wrong.” “A leader of the Republican Party said that the president doesn’t love us and doesn’t love the country. If the Republican party really wants to be taken seriously, really wants to avoid its problems of the past, now is the time for its leaders to stop this kind of nonsense. Enough!” The president’s team also getting involved today. The deputy white house press secretary Eric Schultz taking a shot at the mayor over his failed run for president saying "Mr. Giuliani test drove this line of attack during his fleeting 2007 run for the Presidency. I agree with him on one thing, it was a horrible thing to say." Here now to respond, former New York City mayor and former Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.
MK: Mr. Mayor, do you want to apologize for your comments?
RG: Not at all. I want to repeat it. The reality is from all that can see of this president, all that I’ve heard of him, he apologizes for America, he criticizes America. He talks about the crusades and how the Christians were barbarians, leaves out the second half of the sentence that the Muslims were barbarians also. He sees Christians slaughtered and doesn’t stand up and hold a press conference although we hold a press conference for the situation in Ferguson. He sees Jews being killed for anti-Semitic reasons. Doesn’t stand d up and hold a press conference. This is an American president I’ve never seen before.
MK: But to say that he doesn’t love America, I mean, that he could view foreign policy as a Democrat might view it and through a different lens than you or a republican might see it, you can understand the
differences between you. But to condemn his patriotism, to question his love of America?
RG: I know patriotism -- patriots can criticize. They’re allowed to criticize. I don’t hear from him what I heard from harry Truman, what I heard from bill Clinton, what I heard from Jimmy Carter, which is these wonderful words about what a great country we are, what an exceptional country we are. When he called us an exceptional country, he said we’re an exceptional country, but so is Greece.