Recent comments by Rudy Giuliani regarding terrorist attacks and the Obama administration have fueled 9/11 conspiracy theories. Giuliani was the New York City mayor from January 1, 1994, until Dec. 31, 2001. He served as mayor and played a vital role in recovery operations following the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and Twin Towers. Giuliani is well versed in the terrorist attacks that hit his city while he was mayor. That’s why his recent comments denying terrorist attacks before the Obama administration have not only left people speechless, but given new life to old 9/11 conspiracy theories.
Giuliani is a staunch Trump supporter, and some have accused him of simply ignoring the 9/11 terrorist attacks to build up Trump on the campaign trail. Others have questioned the 72-year-old’s memory. The comments were made Monday, August 15, before Donald Trump unveiled his foreign policy speech at Youngstown State University, in Youngstown, Ohio. You may see the full video from the Trump speech below. Fast forward the video to 29:03 to hear Rudy Giuliani speak in full, and deliver the troubling comments regarding terrorist attacks.
“By the way, under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
What is most interesting about Giuliani’s speech, is that if you fast forward the video to 37 minutes, he begins speaking about Pence and discusses the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. This has sent red flags to conspiracy theorists as it shows that Giuliani’s comments were not due to a memory lapse. Giuliani had been speaking about 9/11 before he made the controversial statement.
“During the time of September 11, when we went through the worst foreign attack in our history since the War of 1812… remember, we didn’t start this war. They did! We don’t want this war. They do. And they didn’t start it even in 2001. They attacked the World Trade Center in 1993. And they attacked it, under the ideology of radical Islamic extremism, to create a caliphate, to destroy the infidels — Christians, Jews, non-believing Muslims from their point of view and other people.
“Mike Pence understands this. From his time both on the foreign affairs committee, from his very, very timely visit I remember to ground zero. When we were in desperate need of help. He was there. And from his work on judiciary committee, in helping to fashion the Patriot Act. By the way, under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama came into office.”
It is quite unlikely that Giuliani would speak for nearly 10 minutes about the September 11 terrorist attacks, and recall Mike Pence being with him at Ground Zero then suddenly forget who was in office during the attacks. Is Giuliani senile? Is he suffering from dementia? Or is he saying that radical Islamic terrorists were not behind the September 11 terrorist attacks?
It is clear he did not forget about the attacks when he made the statement. Some have only heard the brief clip without listening to the full comments. Either Giuliani believes there is a 9/11 conspiracy or is suffering from some sort of health or age-related condition that is causing memory lapses.
On Tuesday, Giuliani spoke to the New York Daily News to explain the comments. Giuliani’s explanation might be more confusing than his original comments.
“I’m not there to give a major 45-minute policy address. You speak in somewhat abbreviated language. All human beings speak in abbreviated language at times.”
Just what abbreviated language means to Rudy Giuliani remains to be seen. There didn’t seem to be anything abbreviated. His comments were direct and followed comments about the September 11 terrorist attacks. He also attributed the 1993 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center to radical Islamic terrorists.
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There are numerous 9/11 conspiracy theories. Do you believe Rudy Giuliani forgot or had a slip of the tongue with his comments? Do you think he like Donald Trump believes a conspiracy theory regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks?
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