Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani should be ashamed of himself for saying President Barack Obama doesn’t love this country.
Giuliani is reported to have said at a New York dinner: “I do not believe — and I know this is a horrible thing to say — but I do not believe that the president 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.”
Of course the president loves the United States. African Americans have an intense love for the U.S. despite the racism and discrimination that they have faced daily since the first black person stepped off the boat in Jamestown in 1619.
Why else but love would Obama run for office twice and win, work tirelessly to make this country better and lead the nation when he has to put up with nonsense from people like Giuliani?
Unfortunately, defaming and disrespectful statements about Obama have become too commonplace. Thank you Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and a mob of conservative pundits.
The Republican Party certainly contributes its share of inaccurate statements about the president. Each pushes the edge further to the point that it becomes undeniable hate speech.
And then they wonder why African Americans and other reasonable people see such comments as being blatantly racist.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of Florida and the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, said: “Is this what it’s really come to? Really?”
At the very least, Giuliani should apologize to Obama and the American people for making such offensive remarks.