The former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, stole the show at the already chaotic Republic National Convention on Monday night. The Republican lawyer went on an unhinged rant, gesticulating and shouting wildly as he declared Donald Trump a good man "with a big heart" who will make America safe.
“The vast majority of Americans today do not feel safe,” he began, mimicking the boorish style of his party’s nominee. “They fear for their children and they fear for themselves.”
After blaming the media for taking Trump's positions out of context, Giuliani also denounced “Islamist extremist terrorism” as the biggest enemy of the United States — all while screaming at the top of his voice.
He also criticized President Barack Obama’s refusal to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” a term that could create the illusion of a religious war between the West and Islam.
“If they are at war against us — which they have declared — we must commit ourselves to unconditional victory against them!” he yelled. “For the purposes of the media, I did not say all of Islam. I did not say most of Islam. I said Islamic extremist terrorism. You know who you are! And we’re coming to get you!”
The former mayor, who recently raised eyebrows by slamming the Black Lives Matter as “inherently racist” and “anti-American,” showed off his racism once again by implying that BLM supports violence against police.
Giuliani praised police officers and defended them against recent racial turbulence in the U.S.
"When they come to save your life, they don't ask if you're black or white. They just come to save you," he said to thundering applause. “What happened to, 'There's no black America, there's no white America. There is just America.’”
However, one of the most worrisome lines came when he said, "What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America."
“I made New York safe. I changed it from the largest crime capital of America to the safest large city in America,” Giuliani told CNN’s Jake Tapper earlier in the day.
The only thing he did to make his city “safe” during his time in office was to implement the infamous “stop and frisk,” a policing method that disproportionately affects minorities — particularly black people and the Latinos. He also took off a number of people from the welfare.
“I took 600,000 people off welfare in New York — 500,000 with jobs. Most of them were minorities,” he told Tapper. “Why do you think crime went down 85 percent under me and Bloomberg?”
Giuliani’s loud-mouthed speech at the RNC was just a reminder that all those who support Trump are either just as bigoted as him, or in this particular case, even more so.
Meanwhile, Twitter reacted aptly to the politician’s speech.
When no one will duet with you so you have to sing both Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack's parts at karaoke pic.twitter.com/W2D5SiTJdw— Ira Madison III (@ira) July 19, 2016
I DIDN'T ASK FOR MY BAGEL TO BE TOASTED pic.twitter.com/ASUTj23sTv— Independence Dave (@davelozo) July 19, 2016
Red Bull gives you wings pic.twitter.com/hJVJXKYGTG— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) July 19, 2016
Rudy Giuliani is auditioning for Attorney General or Paul Hayman's gig in the WWE. Or both.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) July 19, 2016
I can't wait for Rudy Giuliani to start beating the podium with his shoe. #RNCinCLE— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) July 19, 2016
And the best of all:
Rudy Giuliani not knowing up from down sums up Trump's campaign perfectly https://t.co/JLPEggXBZ4— Independence Dave (@davelozo) July 19, 2016
Watch the full speech, in all its arms flailing glory, in the video below: