By now I’m sure most people have either heard or read Rudy Giuliani’s comments where he stated that he doesn’t believe President Obama loves America or Americans. It was a statement that was so outrageous that even many leading Republicans, as well as some Fox News hosts, came out publicly against his asinine statement.
I will say it’s a bit hypocritical for some of these individuals to condemn what Giuliani said considering many of the attacks levied against President Obama since he was elected have been based upon the notion that “he’s just not one of us.” Be it the birther nonsense or the fact that most conservatives I meet truly believe he’s Muslim, there’s always been a push from the right from practically all levels (media and politicians) that Americans should doubt Obama’s loyalty to this country.
Last night, Jon Stewart had some rather harsh words for the former New York City mayor.
“Here’s what’s crazy,” Stewart said. “Speaking at a private Republican dinner, at the 21 club, and you have to warn your audience that you’re about to say something horrible about President Obama. That’s how bad this was. Horrible Obama things are what they paid money to come hear.”
On a later Fox News appearance Giuliani tried to claim that he wasn’t doubting Obama’s patriotism, at which point Stewart said, “Actually that is literally what you did.”
Stewart then ripped Giuliani for trying to exploit the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“You know you’re not the mayor of 9/11, right?,” Stewart mockingly asked. “You don’t own 9/11. You don’t own anything but the willingness to crassly exploit it.”
But then things really got interesting when he played a clip where Sean Hannity asked Giuliani if someone could really love something that they’re fundamentally trying to change. It was a clear shot at remarks the president made in 2008 about fundamentally changing America – comments that conservatives have constantly taken completely out of context.
Stewart played a clip from 1994 where Giuliani was talking about New York City and making it better than it was before, and the need to oppose those who “are so fearful of transformations.”
You know, kind of like “fundamentally changing” something for the better.
“Motherf*cker,” Stewart quipped. “Why do you hate New York?! Why?”
Either Giuliani is desperately trying to get some kind of traction going hoping to run for president in 2016, or he’s simply doing everything he can to stay even slightly relevant because basically nobody really cares what he says – unless it’s something extremely offensive and outrageous.
While Sarah Palin is a blithering idiot who makes herself look like a fool on a near constant basis, at least she has a huge following among millions of conservatives. She has actual influence with large portions of Republican voters.
Rudy Giuliani doesn’t have any of that. There’s a small fraction of people in this country who might listen to him because mostly all he does anymore is bash President Obama, but outside of that nobody cares what he says. That’s why I believe so many Republican politicians and members of the conservative media were so quick to condemn his remarks – because he doesn’t matter.
And I think a lot of this nonsense is rooted in the reality that Giuliani realizes nobody cares what he has to say, so in a last grasp of desperation, he’s trying to say anything to remain even the slightest bit relevant.
But the truth is, he’s completely irrelevant – and I think deep down he knows it.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: