By now you’ve probably heard about former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani’s remarks earlier this week at a Scott Walker fundraiser in which he called out President Obama for his lack of patriotism.
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “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.”
With Walker sitting just a few seats away, Giuliani continued by saying that “with all our flaws we’re the most exceptional country in the world. I’m looking for a presidential candidate who can express that, do that and carry it out.”
“What country has left so many young men and women dead abroad to save other countries without taking land? This is not the colonial empire that somehow he has in his hand. I’ve never felt that from him. I felt that from [George] W. [Bush]. I felt that from [Bill] Clinton. I felt that from every American president, including ones I disagreed with, including [Jimmy] Carter. I don’t feel that from President Obama.”
“I thought the Crown Heights riots were a pogrom because you’re going out trying to kill Jews,” Giuliani said. “Why is this man incapable of saying that? 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. 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?”
Those words are right between the eyes. They’re not polite, but they enumerate what a large number of the American people feel – and a sentiment which is gaining purchase rapidly as the president and his team fail to articulate even a rhetorical defense for America and Western culture against what is clearly a radical Islamist enemy.
But if you think Giuliani was passionate in his indictment of Obama at the Walker event described in POLITICO, here’s video of a speech he gave in Arizona at a forum put on by an Iranian-American group (if you want to find some people who are abject hawks when it comes to the Iranian government and radical Islam, find some Iranian-Americans and you’ll be satisfied) speaking up for the Iranian MEK dissidents and against Obama’s treatment of them…
Giuliani’s comments have been assailed by the Left as though they’re some new low in American political discourse. Here’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she of the strange silence when Obama called his predecessor “unpatriotic” for increasing the national debt less than he has, now saying that Giuliani should “repulse” responsible people in the GOP.
“For six years the Republican Party has been defined by one thing and one thing only — opposite to President Obama,” she said. “For them it’s more than that, it’s personal and it’s ugly, and there is no sign of it getting better.”
Nobody is going to take Schultz seriously for criticizing Republican attacks on Obama after her behavior. They’ll need someone stronger to rebut Giuliani’s statements.
And they’d better come up with an affirmative defense against the Republican, and perhaps increasingly bipartisan as time goes along, narrative that Obama just isn’t all that into America.