He was called “America’s Mayor” after the 9/11 attacks. Calm, effective, take-charge, no-nonsense. Guiding New York City through the worst disaster it has ever faced. And the nation loved him for it.
What on earth happened to that man? Has PTSD set in? Or some sort of dementia? Or just a too-fervent desire to be back in the spotlight? How does one explain his insistence, first in private and then repeatedly in media interviews, that President Obama doesn’t love America?
At a Wednesday night fundraiser for potential GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker, Rudy Giuliani talked about the president:
I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. 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.
Later, to deflect the racist tone of that remark, he tried to explain:
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 in different appearances on Fox News and elsewhere, he continued to attack the president for not loving America and lacking a knowledge of world history.
He returned to his criticism of the president’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month, when Pres. Obama said that during the Crusades and Inquisition people had “committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ”:
Now we know there’s something wrong with the guy. I thought that one sort of went off the cliff. … What I don’t find with Obama — this will get me in more trouble again — is a really deep knowledge of history. I think it’s a dilettante’s knowledge of history.
It’s sad, really. Either Rudy is going around the bend, or he’s incapable of understanding higher level thought. Or maybe he’s just missing the limelight. He wants “to be a part of it” again. His matter-of-fact pragmatism served NYC well in the days after 9/11, but a more intellectual world view is apparently beyond his understanding. Someone needs to give him the hook before he embarrasses himself and his party any further. Or maybe he’ll voluntarily exit stage right (certainly not left) and join Sarah Palin and Donald Trump in the wings, on the fringes of relevance.