Video of Rudy saying we didn't "have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the U.S." before Obama: pic.twitter.com/3tC1InfZj0— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 15, 2016
Former New York City mayor and current Donald Trump surrogate, Rudy Giuliani, got a lot of grief on Monday after he supposedly forgot one of the worst foreign attacks on the American soil: the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and Pentagon.
Giuliani was introducing GOP presidential nominee’s running mate, Mike Pence, to the crowd in Youngstown, Ohio, when he made the bizarre claim, forcing everyone to do a double take.
“Under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States,” he said on Monday. “They all started when (Hillary) Clinton and Obama got into office."
It's all the more head-scratching because the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks took place in New York City when Giuliani was mayor. Not to mention, it was more than seven years before President Barack Obama was sworn into the presidency in January 2009.
However, it seems that Giuliani was not denying the attacks — after all, he was talking about them just moments before. Simply put, his phrasing was misleading. Either he momentarily forgot about them, or he might have meant to say there were no attacks between the enactment of the Patriot Act, which was one month after 9/11, and Obama’s inauguration.
Nevertheless, considering how he once said, “We had no domestic attacks under Bush,” who knows what he actually meant.
This was not the only time the former NYC mayor messed up during his speech. He also told the Ohio crowd they were about to greet their own governor. The attendees expected Trump opponent Gov. John Kasich to appear on stage but instead, Pence, the governor of Indiana, greeted them.
Rudy w/major screw-up. Says governor of your state is coming out. Crowd is silent w/shock for @JohnKasich. Rudy thought he was in Indiana— David Skolnick (@dskolnick) August 15, 2016
@ABC I used to have a bit of respect for Rudy Giuliani but have lost the little bit I had. Hes drinking that same water that Trump is.— JDWhit$ (@JDWhit_) August 16, 2016
#RudyGiuliani - There's only three things he needs in order to make a sentence: a noun and a verb and.. and.. something something. I forget.— schmeisenberg (@schmeisy) August 16, 2016
Retweeted Robert Demarest (@NepenthesHamata):— Cynthia Maria Chase (@partofalegend) August 16, 2016
Rudy Giuliani would seem to be brain-dead yet still speaking. How is this possible?