Conservatives Forgetting to Never Forget 9/11 Is More Common Than You’d Think
Former New York City Mayor and current Donald Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani caused more head-scratching than a Selsun Blue audition when he declared, at a Trump rally in Youngstown, Ohio, that “under those 8 years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the United States,” and that “They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
As it turns out, Giuliani isn’t the only prominent Republican to forget about the worst terrorist attack ever to occur on American soil, although he might be the first one to do it twice. He’s also not the only Giuliamnesia™ sufferer who really ought to have known better:
That’s right, not only has Rudy “a verb, a noun, and 9/11” Giuliani forgotten about 9/11 in public twice now, so has former George W. Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino, who said in 2009 that “we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.”
Fox News’ Eric Bolling has the distinction of being the only conservative I know of to have misplaced two different 9/11 attacks, having once said “America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008. I don’t remember any terrorist attacks on American soil during that period of time,” and then later claiming that the attacks of September 11, 2012 happened before Osama bin Laden was killed.
What makes Giuliani’s case even more awkward, aside from the fact that he’s now done this twice, is the fact that he did it while stumping for the only person in the media, conservative or otherwise, who has not given George W. Bush a mulligan on 9/11:
In fact, during the Republican primaries, Trump made blaming Bush for 9/11 a key part of his campaign. In an equally weird reversal, Bush administration CIA chief Michael Hayden has become a key spoke in Hillary Clinton‘s campaign against Trump, joining dozens of other Republican national security experts in opposing Trump.
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