Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani defended recent accusations against the president for creating an anti-police atmosphere across the nation, telling CBS’ “Face the Nation” host Major Garrett on Sunday to look no further than Obama’s reliance on Al Sharpton for advice.
“Let’s clear one thing up. You said a while ago that President Obama contributed to a rhetorical atmosphere about hating American police,” Garrett said. “The Washington Post fact-checked you on that. I cover the president every day, and I’ve never detected anything that comes along the line of propaganda urging the country to hate police. Do you want to recast that or take that back?”
Giuliani was not in the retreating mood.
“No, not at all. I think you missed one very important point. He has had Al Sharpton to the White House 80, 85 times,” Giuliani said. “If you would like to have a poster boy for hating the police, it’s Al Sharpton. You make Al Sharpton a close adviser, you’re going to turn the police in America against you. You put Al Sharpton next to you, you’ve just told everyone, ‘I’m against the police.’”
The president’s close association with a known race-baiter damages Obama’s credibility when he tries to suggest he’s on the police’s side, Giuliani said.
“Look, who you associate with is part of your rhetoric,” Giuliani said. “‘I’m for the police’ and there’s Al Sharpton? Every cop is America is going to say, ‘Give me a break. I get the point, Mr. President.’”
Obama, in fact, has a habit of flocking to race-infused situations whenever they occur — from the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates near the beginning of his term to the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown killings, the man once known as “America’s mayor” said.
“His interference in the Gates affair; the fact that he pays great attention to these so-called racial incidents, some of which are not racial incidents; sends representatives to funerals of people who were killed in the commission of committing a crime. And I haven’t heard him make very strong comments about the deaths of [New York City police] Officers [Rafael] Ramos and [Wen Jian] Liu,” he said. “I think the Washington Post fact-checking was substantially inaccurate, and they missed the one big point: Al Sharpton.”
That’s one person the president should miss, too.
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