Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani finds himself making quite a few headlines for his unflinching criticism of President Obama. Speaking out against Obama is nothing new for Giuliani, but what he said at a private fundraiser Wednesday night, as well as his comments on Fox News this morning, are drawing a lot of attention.
Politico reported on Giuliani’s remarks at a New York event featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a likely 2016 Republican presidential contender.
Saying that the former mayor “went straight for the jugular,” Politico quoted Giuliani as questioning whether Barack Obama loves America:
“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.”
On “Fox and Friends” Thursday morning, Giuliani didn’t walk back that harsh assertion, but he did soften the blow a bit by saying he wasn’t questioning the president’s patriotism. Giuliani explained that offered that observation because he rarely hears President Obama do what his predecessors often did — express a love for America.
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The man sometimes referred to as “America’s mayor” then went on to sharply criticize Obama for expressing another idea about militant “extremists” such as ISIS terror fighters — that they have “legitimate grievances” that could help explain their actions.
Giuliani called that statement “very, very damaging” in light of the many atrocities brutal extremists are carrying out in the name of jihad, or holy war.
By clicking on the video above, you can see what else Rudy Giuliani had to say to the “Fox and Friends” morning crew.
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h/t: Fox News
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