Rudy Giuliani, Asshole of the Day for February 19, 2015
Ever since police shootings and racist policing returned to the news last summer, Rudy Giuliani has injected himself into the stories to push his racist viewpoints.
We first called attention to this when he asserted that the black community was responsible for any and all violence and crime committed by any black person, a standard he certainly doesn’t hold white people to. We even highlighted Ta-Nehisi Coates well-deserved mocking of Giuliani’s argument.
Then a month later we highlighted how Giuliani blamed Obama and peaceful protesters of racist police shooting for the death of two policemen.
“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, as quoted by Politico. “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.”
He later goes on to say: "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?” This goes back to the recent nonsense over Obama pointing out that Christianity also has a history of extremist violence at the National Prayer Breakfast. And if you can’t see what’s wrong with that argument, here’s what Digby had to say:
I don’t know. I guess for the same reason he doesn’t stand up and say that there’s part of Catholicism that’s sick. After all, the Catholic priesthood has been crawling with child molesters for decades. For all we know, centuries. I’m going to take a guess that as a Catholic he doesn’t think it would be right to tar the vast majority of non-pedophile Catholics with the actions of those priests or define the religion itself as a pedophiliac belief system.
I think she does a good job of pointing out how Giuliani lumps together groups to take responsibility for the worst of their members, but then doesn’t apply the same responsibility to the groups that he is a member.
But back to Giuliani’s Obama doesn’t love America and wasn’t raised right argument, I think the real question is for Giuliani:
- Loves America how, Rudy? Like you do– only the white parts? The love that blames every black person for the crimes of a few black people, a standard you don’t hold white people to?
- Not brought up the way you were? To what– be racist? To trample people’s rights in the name of security?
Of course Giuliani isn’t going to answer questions like that. His statements are dog-whistles to his audience about how Obama isn’t like us, he’s an outsider. Obama is black, we get it. Never mind that Obama’s mother was every bit as white as Giuliani’s mother. Nope. Doesn’t matter to Giuliani. And for that, Giuliani is the Asshole of the Day.
UPDATE: Giuliani claims it’s not racist because Obama’s mother is white. Seriously:
“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,” Mr. Giuliani said in the interview. “This isn’t racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.”
Sorry, Rudy, but let’s not pretend there’s no history of racism against people who are only half black. It insults us both.
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