Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani slammed current Mayor Bill de Blasio for fanning the flames of racial tension sparked into turmoil Wednesday night.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Thursday, the former mayor said that de Blasio’s comments in light of the grand jury decision to not indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo, 29, in the death of a black man, Eric Garner, 43, made a bad situation worse for the Big Apple — and the rest of the country.
De Blasio has been roundly criticized for his speech that seemed to declare the police and criminal justice system are blatantly racist and not to be trusted.
“This helps to create this atmosphere of protest, and even sometimes violence. There was no racism in this case,” Giuliani told the show’s hosts.
Giuliani argued that de Blasio remarks about teaching his son to fear police more than an epidemic of black-on-black crime was a fool’s folly.
“This is like you have two streets. Ninety-six percent of your accidents take place on one street, two percent take place on the other,” he said. “And the mayor is telling his son, ‘worry about the one with the two percent, not the one with the 96 percent.”
While de Blasio obviously disagreed with the grand jury decision in the Garner case, Giuliani took a much more measured approach.
“I have to imagine this case was presented in a very professional way and the grand jury reached a result that I’m sure they believe was right,” Giuliani said.
It looks like de Blasio could use a lesson on diplomacy and leadership from the former mayor.
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