Rudy Giuliani has received many calls this week, including death threats, the former mayor of New York City told CNN on Friday.
In an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta, Giuliani claimed he has received multiple death threats in the wake of his controversial comments about President Obama earlier this week. Acosta said CNN has no way to verify the threats, and the former mayor failed to mention whether he has alerted authorities.
The alleged death threats are in response to Rudy Giuliani’s incendiary remarks made on Wednesday night at a fundraising event for Governor Scott Walker. In his statements, Giuliani questioned President Obama’s patriotism, saying he did not believe the president loves his country. When taken to task for what some perceive as racism, the former New York City mayor went on a media blitz to defend himself against the accusation that his comments were racist because President’s Obama’s mother was white.
“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.”
While he is allegedly receiving death threats, according to the New York Post, Giuliani is not backing down. In fact, he has more to say about the president’s upbringing, including Obama being influenced by communists from a young age, mentioning Frank Marshall Davis and Saul Alinsky. Giuliani further criticizes Obama for continuing to attend Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church.
“He spent 17 years in the church of Jeremiah Wright, and this is the guy who said ‘God damn America, not God bless America.’ Obama never left that church.”
He says the president has not been able to overcome the influence of those in his childhood, and apparently adulthood, who were highly critical of the United States.
In his interview with the Post, Giuliani also bashes President Obama for focusing his attention more on the shootings in Ferguson, which were justified, than having his focus on the killings by Islamic extremists.
As far as being so critical of the president, Giuliani says somebody has to do it.
“Somebody has to raise these issues with the president. Somebody has to have the courage to stand up.”
In addition to death threats, Rudy Giuliani maintains most of the calls to his office this week have been from those wishing to show support, including a call from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
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