Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) sparked a firestorm on Wednesday, when he proclaimed that President Barack Obama “doesn’t love” America. The backlash keeps rolling in.
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani reportedly said at a private New York fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). “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.”
Asked about the matter during a flight aboard Air Force One to Chicago, a White House spokesman partially agreed with Giuliani’s assessment — of his own remarks. “It was a horrible thing to say,” deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said, according to a pool report.
Schultz further jabbed at the onetime presidential hopeful by noting that Giuliani had tested the line during his “fleeting 2007 run for the presidency.”
Democrats have also denounced Giuliani’s comments as offensive and called on Walker and the rest of the potential 2016 GOP presidential field to do the same. “I rarely agreed with President Bush, but I never questioned his love for our country,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Walker, who was in the room while Giuliani was speaking, responded Thursday morning. “The mayor can speak for himself. I’m not going to comment on what the president thinks or not,” Walker said. “I’m in New York. I’m used to people saying things that are aggressive.”
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SOURCE: The Huffington Post