A day after telling New York influentials at an event for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker that President Barack Obama “does not love America,” Rudy Giuliani doubled-down on his comments in an interview Thursday night.
When asked by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly if he wanted to apologize for his remarks, Giuliani did not mince words.
“Not at all,” the former NYC mayor said on “The Kelly File.” “I want to repeat it. The reality is from all that I can see of this president, all that I’ve heard of him, he apologizes for America, he criticizes America.”
“He talks about the Crusades and how the Christians were barbarians, leaves out the second half of the sentence that the Muslims were barbarians also,” Giuliani says. “He sees Christians slaughtered and doesn’t stand up and hold a press conference although he holds a press conference for the situation in Ferguson. He sees Jews being killed for anti-Semitic reasons, doesn’t stand up and hold a press conference.”
“This is an American president I’ve never seen before,” he told Kelly. “I believe his initial approach is to criticize this country.”
Kelly went on the grill the former presidential candidate, asking repeatedly if he really thinks that Obama doesn’t love America.
“What kind of civility is that?” Kelly asked.
“I think it’s perfectly civil. I think it’s a perfectly reasonable opinion if the president…has not displayed the kind of love of America, the kind of American exceptionalism that other American president’s have displayed,” Giuliani said.
“I’m right about this,” the former mayor added. “I have no doubt about it, I do not withdraw my words.”
“If the president could say Islamic fundamentalist terrorism is our enemy, I will applaud the president,” Giuliani said. “But until he does that, I will have doubts about his emotions, his feelings, his attitudes, and the way in which he developed.”