On September 11, 2001, Muslim terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City. Americans watched in horror as people who were trapped in the buildings jumped to their deaths rather than burning to death. The terrorists also flew a plane into the Pentagon. A fourth plane, United 93, was brought down by passengers who revolted against the terrorists and crashed the plane before it got to its target.
The Mayor of New York City at the time was Rudy Giuliani. The way he handled that horrible event led to him receiving the nickname “America’s Mayor.” His leadership during that dark time left such an impression on Americans around the country that there was a push for him to run for president in 2012, an option he declined. These facts make the claim he made before introducing Donald Trump at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio even more baffling.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump backer and Mayor of New York City on 9/11, claims no successful radical Islamic terror attack in US before Obama.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) August 15, 2016
One Twitter user expressed what I was feeling exactly.
It’s so bizarre what supporting Trump is doing to some people that I used to have so much respect for https://t.co/kOPnKcTjXN
— Eli Rubenstein (@EliRubenstein) August 15, 2016
Now, some are arguing that he referenced the eight years after the Patriot Act was put into place but right after talking about the Patriot Act, he says words that are quite contradictory. After he praised Trump for the help he says he gave the city after 9/11, he made this muddled statement.
“And from his [Mike Pence’s] work on the Judiciary Committee in helping to fashion the Patriot Act, by the way, under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all [the Islamic terrorist attacks] started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
Here’s the video of Giuliani uttering these words.
Rudy Giuliani: In 8 years before Pres. Obama “we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack” in US https://t.co/K9oYGhJq8l
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 15, 2016
Even if you want to give Giuliani the benefit of the doubt and say that he meant the years between September 11, 2001 and the day Obama took office on January 20, 2009, that is still not a time span of eight years.
Giuliani may want to think through and choose his words more wisely before he soils his reputation with another dumb and inaccurate statement.