Giuliani–The face of hate
During a private fundraiser for Republican presidential hopeful Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani openly challenged President Barack Obama’s patriotism by questioning whether or not he loves America.
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Rudy Giuliani declared on February 18, 2015. “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.”
Later, on Fox Giuliani said that he was “not questioning” Obama’s “patriotism”. That sounds like a distinction without a difference, or as others might say, “some real BS”.
Mainstream American media created this myth of Giuliani being “America’s Mayor” after the 9-11 attacks. He has subsequently pimped –others might say parlayed– that into a lucrative security and anti-terrorism persona.
Now he’s engaged in a race to the bottom with a number of other Republican crackpots. Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential hopeful “Bobby” Jindal said about Giuliani’s comments, “If you are looking for someone to condemn the Mayor, look elsewhere.”
Some are saying that these comments really don’t matter, it’s just Giuliani being Giuliani. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) tried to defend the indefensible by stating, “The reality is that Rudy has taken our debate — and I think we should thank him for this part of it — back to national security, to the key element that the president should be focusing on…”
Let’s be clear, Giuliani was not focused on policy. He was focused on pigment and personality. He used code language and veiled bigotry to speak to a narrative that resonates quite well within a particular segment of the Republican Party.
Giuliani is engaged in a race to the bottom of political hatred with the likes of Joe Wilson (R-SC) with his now infamous “you lie” comment. Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor of Arkansas is one of many who incorrectly questioned President Obama’s nationality, “If you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father…”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said, “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anticolonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
Even though the “birther” movement is all but dead in Republican circles, some Republican members of Congress continue to play the “birth card” as a means of asserting that the President is something other than Christian and American.
Recently, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was asked why President Obama prefers not to use the term “radical Islam.” He replied, “It’s probably an unfortunate byproduct of the days when he was in a Muslim school being taught that Islam is a religion of peace…”
Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney must have attended the same Muslim school as President Obama since they also refused to use the term “radical Islam”.
As Robert Draper reports in his book “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives”, the obstructionist agenda that was developed by Newt Gingrich, Frank Luntz, former Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and others is a clear indication that these individuals would much rather vote their hatred than consider what is in America’s long-term best interest. Some Democrats also participated in this obstructionist behavior.
Traditionally, the respect for the office of the president has outweighed other US government officials’ dislike for the man holding the office. The president is America’s chief diplomat and the nation’s preeminent spokesman of American foreign policy. To undermine the man holding the office of the president is to undermine America on the world stage.
All of these efforts to portray President Obama as “other” and outside the American norm are a part of the traditional narrative of associating America and The American Dream with “whiteness” and “virtue.”
In the minds of too many Americans, whiteness has been used as the line of demarcation between “us” and “them”.
That’s why Giuliani felt comfortable saying, “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” during the private fundraiser for conservative candidates.
That’s also how Gingrich’s reference to President Obama as being “so outside our comprehension” can go unchallenged.
DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz called on Republican presidential candidates to repudiate Giuliani’s remarks on Thursday, challenging “Jeb Bush. Scott Walker. Marco Rubio. Now it’s your turn… In fact, I would challenge my Republican colleagues and anyone in the Republican Party to say enough. They need to start leading.”
Wasserman-Schultz is correct and the same members of the so-called mainstream media who dubbed Giuliani “America’s mayor” need to stand up as well and hold him and his defenders accountable.
What does it do to the morale of the American troops when “America’s Mayor” says that their Commander-In-Chief does not love his country? Will Giuliani’s ridiculous statement become another part of the terrorist recruiting narrative?
To listen to Giuliani, Gingrich, Jindal and others and to see how far they have gone to undermine the president through the politics of racism and obstructionism, one has to question where their loyalties lie.
As they drag the country down in a race to the bottom–do they really love America?
Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/Host of the Sirius/XM Satellite radio channel 126 call-in talk radio program “Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon” Go to www.wilmerleon.com
email:[email protected] www.twitter.com/drwleon and Dr. Leon’s Prescription at Facebook.com © 2015 InfoWave Communications, LLC