For the first time in the last 15 years, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has not only failed to mention that he was the New York City Mayor during 9/11—he appears to have forgotten that 9/11 happened altogether. Did we collectively quantum leap into a warped alternate dimension?
Giuliani, who’s also known in New York City as the guy who loves Broken Windows, hates dancing and first hired Bill “Stop and Frisk” Bratton as Police Commissioner, among other things, was stumping in Youngstown, Ohio Monday, before Donald Trump delivered a speech on National Security. Less than a week after Trump accused Obama of being the “founder” of Isis (before backtracking and telling us we were all too dumb to understand sarcasm), Rudy Giuliani, who has never missed a moment to remind us all about his service during and after 9/11, said this:
That’s a direct quote: “Under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States,” said Rudy Giuliani, Mayor of New York City during the radical Islamic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
He briefly paused and looked at the podium, presumably to glance at his speech but hopefully also in deep shame for milking 9/11 for his personal conservative agenda for 15 years before suddenly acting like it never happened. Or maybe he’s having personal shame for going along with the Trump talking points, which seemed to have begun at the Republican National Convention, during which Giuliani praised Trump, did not mention 9/11 for once, and emphasized the recent San Bernardino attack especially as being some nebulous side effect of the Obama Administration. But he didn’t lie so egregiously as he did today, reflecting what appears to be a clear agenda of the Trump campaign: distort the truth and lie about history as much as possible until you yourself believe it to be true.
Next month will be the 15-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.