Rudy Giuliani’s Response to Charges of Racism: Obama’s Mother Was White

Rudy Giuliani is not backing down from his comments that President Obama doesn’t love America. And to anyone who might think his comments were racist, Giuliani has a very odd reason why he doesn’t think so.

Now, for the record, it’s unclear how many people were actually calling Giuliani’s words racist (most of the posts about Giuliani and racism today are in reaction to his newer comments). But nevertheless, when speaking with The New York Times yesterday, the former New York mayor completely dismissed the idea that anything he said was about race.

And here’s his explanation why:

“Some people thought it was racist — I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people. This isn’t racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.”

And again, as mentioned above, most of the posts mentioning Giuliani’s name in the vicinity of racism were written after he made those comments, so if “is it racist?” wasn’t on people’s minds before…

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