Update, 8/16/16, 11:54 am PST: A longer video of Giuliani’s speech has emerged, adding context to his remarks that don’t reflect the spirit of this article. Read our full update here.
Something weird is going on with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. For someone who used the terror attacks of 9/11 to catapult himself to “America’s Mayor” status, even taking a shot at the GOP nomination back in 2008, he doesn’t seem to remember that the horrific world-changing event even happened.
While stumping for Donald Trump in Youngstown, Ohio this Monday, Guiliani spoke about one of his favorite topics: national security and terrorism, but he either intentionally or unintentionally left out of major detail from U.S. history.
“Under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States,” said Giuliani, who was Mayor of New York City when on September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked passenger airliners and slammed them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
“They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office,” he asserted
I’m assuming he’s referring to Hillary, who was formerly Obama’s Secretary of State. Either that or his math is way the f*ck off.
He briefly paused and looked at the podium, presumably to glance at his speech but hopefully also in deep shame for milking 9/11 for his personal conservative agenda for 15 years before suddenly acting like it never happened.
Or maybe he’s having personal shame for going along with the Trump talking points, which seemed to have begun at the Republican National Convention, during which Giuliani praised Trump, did not mention 9/11 for once, and emphasized the recent San Bernardino attack especially as being some nebulous side effect of the Obama Administration.
Either way, Giuliani is now a Trump surrogate, which means he’s obligated to lie and obfuscate the truth as much as possible.
Maybe next month’s 15-year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks will jog his memory.
Rudy Giuliani, mayor of NYC on 9/11: “Before Obama, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic attacks in the US” pic.twitter.com/YcSNOVeZaP
— Mashable News (@MashableNews) August 15, 2016