People, don’t get Rudy Giuliani wrong.
When he said he doesn’t believe President Obama “loves America,” he didn’t actually mean it – at least that’s what the former New York mayor insists now that almost the entire country is after him for delivering such ridiculous remarks.
After Obama made it clear that the war against ISIS isn’t against Islam during an anti-extremism summit on Wednesday, Giuliani said that he didn't think the president loved the country probably because of the way he was raised.
“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 upscale 21 Club in 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.”
“And if it's you Scott, I'll endorse you,” he added, addressing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is reportedly considering a presidential bid. “And if it's somebody else, I'll support somebody else.”
Of course, Giuliani’s ill-phrased statement prompted backlash and he soon realized that he might need to expand on his comment.
So during an interview with Bloomberg Politics’ All Due Respect, he explained what he actually intended to say.
“Well actually, if I could express it more clearly, what I mean is he doesn’t express it. I shouldn’t say that the president does or does not love anything. I don’t know, I’m not a psychiatrist, and he doesn’t have one and he doesn’t need one.”
Although he should probably have stopped here, Giuliani went on saying that Obama “sounds like a guy who has trouble expressing love for America” because of “the way he talks.”
Maybe it would have been better not to try explaining his remarks at all.