Two evenings ago, POLITICO reported that Mr. Noun-Verb-and-9/11 himself, AKA Real American™ Rudy Giuliani said the following at a Scott Walker fundraiser:
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. (emphasis added)
In 2000, the New York Times reported on findings revealed in a book by Wayne Barrett about then-Mayor Giuliani (who had yet to have his defining 9/11 moment). Specifically, about his early family life:
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani defended his father as the “finest man” he has ever known, as reporters questioned him at a news conference yesterday about a report that the elder Giuliani had spent time in prison after being convicted of armed robbery decades ago.
Mayor Giuliani said he would not discuss the excerpts because “it has no relevance to me and what I do as mayor of New York City, or my life.”
“My father died 19 years ago, and the details of his life died with him, as far as I’m concerned, the mayor said yesterday.”
Yeah, except when you feel free to pass judgment on other people’s upbringing and the effect it may have had on them, Rudy. Then all of a sudden those details seem very relevant indeed, by your own estimation.
So if the first question at Rudy “I’ll Never Be President” Giuliani’s next press availability isn’t: “given the revelations revealed in Mr Barrett’s 2000 book, Mr Mayor, I was wondering what specifically about having been raised by a convicted armed robber qualifies you to cast aspersions on the President’s upbringing?” then there is no justice in this world.
Bonus shot of schadenfreude (if you missed it yesterday): The White House’s response to Giuliani’s public self-beclowning was just a pitch-perfect balance of bemusement and pity:
“I can tell you that it’s sad to see when somebody who has attained a certain level of public stature, and even admiration, tarnishes that legacy so thoroughly,” [White House press secretary Josh] Earnest told reporters during the White House news briefing Friday. “And the truth is, I don’t take any joy, or vindication, or satisfaction from that. I think, really, the only thing that I feel is sorry for Rudy Giuliani today.”
Bingo. Trash heap of history’s that way, asshat: thanks for showing us who you really are. Here’s a lovely copy of our home game. Thanksferplayin.