Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who was in office on September 11, 2001 and was recognized as “America’s Mayor” at the time, spoke before a private dinner Wednesday night and said that President Barack Obama doesn’t love America, the Washington Post reported. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a likely 2016 candidate for president, was in attendance at the dinner when Rudy Giuliani made the comments.
“I do not believe — and I know this is a horrible thing to say — but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Rudy Giuliani said at the 21 Club, a former upscale speakeasy in Manhattan, the Washington Post quoted from Politico’s reporting. “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.”
Giuliani also spoke about the 2016 race to elect a replacement for President Obama, saying, “[W]ith all our flaws we’re the most exceptional country in the world. I’m looking for a candidate who can express that, do that and carry that out.”
In addition to Rudy Giuliani, the Washington Post reports the dinner was also attended by economists Larry Kudlow, Arthur Laffer, and Stephen Moore. Reportedly, the dinner was convened to have Walker meet prominent supporters of potential GOP candidates for president. Rudy Giuliani himself ran for president in 2008 as a Republican candidate.
“The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists,” Politico reported about the dinner where Rudy Giuliani made the comments.
“Well, first of all, I’m not questioning his patriotism. He’s a patriot, I’m sure,” Politico reported Giuliani saying on Fox and Friends Thursday morning. “What I’m saying is, in his rhetoric, I very rarely hear the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things that I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America.”
Rudy also clarified his views on President Obama on Fox and Friends when he said, “I do hear (Obama) criticize America much more than other American presidents. And when it’s not in the context of an overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he’s more of a critic than he is a supporter.”
[Image of Rudy Giuliani from Observer]