According to Politico, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told a private Manhattan dinner audience on Wednesday evening that President Barack Obama does not love the United States.
“I know this is a horrible thing to say,” Giuliani began, giving you an idea of what’s coming next: “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.”
The former mayor also suggested he felt as though every modern president has had a grasp on American battles abroad, while Obama does not. “I felt that from every American president, including ones I disagreed with, including [Jimmy] Carter,” he said.
In an interview with Politico after the dinner, he continued to bash the president, this time invoking the infamous Prayer Breakfast speech in which Obama warned against a “high horse” on religious violence, noting that Christian extremists committed the deadly Crusades many centuries ago.
“You’ve got to be able to criticize Islam for the parts of Islam that are wrong. You criticize Christianity for the part of Christianity that is wrong,” Giuliani responded. “I’m not sure how wrong the Crusades are. The Crusades were kind of an equal battle between two groups of barbarians. The Muslims and the crusading barbarians. What the hell? What’s wrong with this man that he can’t stand up and say there’s a part of Islam that’s sick?”
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