This morning, Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Democrats that they should apologize for telling the truth about Republican nominee Donald Trump – particularly for calling Trump out as a racist for his birther claims.
In an interview with CNN, host Jake Tapper asked Giuliani if Trump should be apologizing to African Americans for claiming that President Barack Obama had been born in Africa – a rumor that has been debunked several times but Trump continues to imply that Obama is not an American citizen.
Giuliani, who is a campaign advisor for Trump, actually tried to blame the birther movement on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton first. Giuliani said that it was the former Secretary of State’s 2008 campaign that was responsible for it, “and finally it was resolved after Donald Trump raised it.” Giuliani then accused the black community of having “a faulty memory.”
Tapper countered that Obama had resolved the birther issue himself years ago, and Trump had only continued to perpetuate it:
“It was resolved in 2011 when he released his birth certificate. Donald Trump talking about this as recently as February of last year at [the Conservative Political Action Conference], saying that he thinks the birth certificate is false. Should he just apologize for this if he really wants to reach out to minority voters?”
In response, Giuliani called on Dems to apologize to fragile Trump for accurately pinning him as a racist and bigot, amongst other things:
“If everybody apologized for all the things they said in politics, all we would be doing on television shows is apologizing. Maybe all the Democrats should apologize for calling Donald Trump a racist and calling him all kinds of terrible names and it gets a little silly.”
Giuliani’s reasoning is hilarious here, because no one has called people more names than Trump during his campaign. He has literally insulted every single one of his rivals (even the Republican ones) and just a quick glimpse through his Twitter feed will reveal endless attacks on other people – many of which he started.
Possibly because he ran out of ideas, Giuliani then resorted to a traditional GOP tactic – he tried to make the case that Obama has been a horrible president:
“Food stamps have gone up two and a half times under Barack Obama. He should be ashamed of himself. Jobs should have gone up two and a half times.”
Tapper noticed that arguing with Giuliani was hopeless, and began to move on. He said:
“My only point is that many African-Americans are still mad about Donald Trump having tried to invalidate Barack Obama by claiming he was born in Africa. We’re obviously not going to get anywhere with that.”
You can watch the interview below:
The black community should be furious with Trump’s ongoing birther rumor and his pathetic attempts to reach black voters over the past few days. Not only has Trump continued to give speeches in mostly-white areas to mostly-white audiences, but when he finally does actually visit a black community it is a complete disaster and not genuine at all. Trump does not care about black voters – he just knows that he needs them to win.
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