Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has said some questionable things in his attacks against President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton while showing support for the GOP ‘s presidential candidate Donald Trump. Giuliani’s latest assertion, however, was the most bizarre of them all.
“Under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack inside the United States,” Giuliani said in a speech introducing Donald Trump in Youngstown, Ohio. “They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
Giuliani appeared to forget about the worst terror attack in U.S. history; the attack that happened in New York City while he was the mayor. The attack occurred in 2001 when George W. Bush was in office. Obama was not sworn in until nearly eight years later, on Jan. 20, 2009.
Survivors of the devastating attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people and wounded more than 6,000 others, were of course noticeably upset with the mayor’s major snafu.
The exclusion of 9/11 was especially strange, given that, just a moment earlier Giuliani had been discussing the attacks and praising vice presidential nominee Mike Pence for a “very, very timely” visit to Ground Zero and for his help, as a then-congressman, on the Judiciary Committe to help “fashion the Patriot Act.”
“He was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Judiciary committees during the time of Sept. 11, when we went through the worst foreign attack in our history, since the War of 1812,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani also appeared to forget what state Pence was the governor of.
“You know better than I do what a great governor he is of your state,” Giuliani told the Ohio crowd.
Pence is the governor of Indiana.
Reports made mention of Giuliani’s head injury he suffered earlier this month; he appeared on national television with a massive bump on his head. During an Aug. 7 appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Giuliani appeared with a bruise over the right side of his forehead. In an interview with the Daily News later that day, he explained that he had hit his head on a glass door during a fall in the shower.
Head injury or not, Guiliani, has made the same controversial claim about attacks before. In 2010, he repeatedly said that the U.S. saw “no domestic attacks under Bush.”