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“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president [Barack Obama] loves America. 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.”Rudy Giuliani

In 1992, as a reporter for New York Newsday, I stood in front of City Hall and witnessed a racially orchestrated mob of white men, many drinking beer and packing guns and most of them –10,000 strong — carrying metal badges that identified them as New York City police officers.

A block way, Rudy Giuliani, who was running for mayor of New York against Mayor David Dinkins, fired up the raucous crowd of cops by calling Dinkins’ proposals “Bullsh–.’’ Cops waved signs that read: “Dump the Washroom Attendant” and some shouted the N-word to describe the city’s first African-American mayor.

This was Giuliani’s crowd – New York’s finest — white, rowdy cops who ran roughshod over the city simply because they opposed a Black mayor. And Giuliani was certainly part of the problem because he wasn’t interested in being part of the solution. In fact, he encouraged their racist behavior.

“Rudy was out there inciting white cops to riot,” Dinkins later told The New York Times.

So today, 24 years later, Giuliani is being considered for a premier appointment in the new White House administration – perhaps Secretary of State — 10 days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.

Giuliani would be an absolute disaster on the world stage. He does not have the temperament to negotiate with world leaders; he is sometimes mean-spirited and, as a former prosecutor, he prefers to steam-roll adversaries instead of offering olive branches. His rough-and-tumble management style in New York boiled down to this: My way or the highway.

As mayor of New York, Giuliani was widely considered racially divisive, a leader who showed constant insensitivity and disregard for African-Americans and other people of color. He often refused to meet with Black leaders and frequently dismissed issues of importance to them. Black folks would often tell me they felt Giuliani was the mayor for “white New Yorkers.”

Giuliani’s insensitivity toward African-Americans was legendary.

He defended the officers who shot Amadou Diallo 19 times after he pulled a wallet out of his jacket to show them his ID. He touted “Stop and Frisk,” a hard-line racial profiling policy that was ultimately deemed unconstitutional. And in 2000, Giuliani again angered African-Americans after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man, Patrick Dorismond, saying Dorismond wasn’t an “altar boy.”

Last year, Giuliani disparaged another Black man – this time it was President Barack Obama.

“I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said of Obama during a dinner in Midtown 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.”

Giuliani is an awful choice for America’s top diplomat, simply because he is unwilling to realize diplomacy. What is Giuliani’s position on continued aid to Africa? Would he travel to Africa as Secretary of State? What about poverty in Haiti?

Giuliani didn’t care much about African-Americans in New York so it’s hard to imagine that as Secretary of State Giuliani would suddenly develop compassion for Black people outside the U.S.

The job of Secretary of State calls for subtlety among world leaders and Giuliani, predictably, enjoys wielding a sledgehammer.

What do you think?

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  5. What I am saying is that it’s a sad day when 50% of America is willing to elect a womanizer President, and to be appointed to key positions. I thought the Right was so conservative. It appears they turned a blind eye when it comes to Trump. Hypocrites! I do realize that lots of moderates voted for Trump. Not because they are racists but because they want change, they want jobs, and they think their dreams have been taken away. Why is it in years past when Blacks marched, and talked about jobs, equal rights, etc. It was called wanting a hand out; but now Trump’s supporters are looked at as wanting a fair shake. SMDH!!

    • Well as for handouts Hilary and Bernie cornered the market on those, Trump offered jobs YES in the form of bringing them back to the U.S. and even though Blacks have fared FAR worse under Obamas administration I find it interesting that there were not any major marches, as far as “womanizer” unlike Bill Clinton Trumps cases aren’t proven, and let’s not forget Trump got a higher minority vote that Romney

  6. I think the bar was already LOWERED when Trump was elected President. Giuliani is from the very old school of thought’ Control Everyone’….even to the peril of their basic rights. Plus Trump just appointed Sessions someone that has been know to have racist ways going back decades. Do I think all of Trump’s supporters are racists??? No, that’s not at all what I’m saying

  7. Rudy Giuliani was a tough no nonsense Mayor of NY he rained in crime made the streets safe to walk lowered the crime rate Compared to Deblasio who is taking that city BACK to the pre Giuliani days, I’m sure many voters have Deblasio buyers remorse

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    Giuliani is boorish, crass and heartless. He cares about nobody but himself. This is the man that moved his mistress into the governor’s mansion with his wife and kids. I had no respect for him as a man before this happened and since then I have no respect for him as a human being. So his statements about President Obama are coming from a degenerate and aren’t worthy of a response.

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