During the Pennsylvania rally, Giuliani fired up the crowd by saying that there was never a “successful radical Islamic terrorist attack inside the United States,” before President Obama took office in 2008. Giuliani’s statement left out the 9/11 terror attacks, which occurred during both a Republican presidency and Giuliani’s term as mayor.
The fact that Giuliani left 9/11 out of this speech was especially odd given the degree to which his post-9/11 political career has revolved around his actions in the wake of that crisis, and that he’s spent years making the point that people must “never forget” the catastrophe. Giuliani spoke with New York Daily News on Tuesday, where he blamed the media for misinterpreting and scrutinizing his speech.
“I’m not there to give a major 45 minute policy address,” Giuliani said. “You speak in somewhat abbreviated language. All human beings speak in abbreviated language at times.”
Giuliani went on to say he could hardly forget 9/11 when “I almost died in it,” and that his speaking slot only left him with so much time to make his point about terrorism. Giuliani also answered “of course” when asked whether he ever expects to be taken out of context again.
Giuliani made a similar gaffe in 2010, as have several other prominent Republican figures.
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