“By the way, under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States,” said Rudy Giuliani, who served as mayor of New York City on September 11, 2001, at an event with Donald Trump this afternoon.
Here’s video of the speech, via Andrew Kaczynski at BuzzFeed:
Video of Rudy saying we didn't "have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the U.S." before Obama: pic.twitter.com/3tC1InfZj0— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 15, 2016
And here, via CNN, is video of Rudy Giuliani employing the phrase “never forget” in reference to the 9/11 attacks.
Rudy couldn’t have possibly meant that the attack on the Twin Towers didn’t happen, or that Obama was somehow responsible, could he have? Reporters have noted on Twitter that the former mayor was talking about 9/11 just moments before the bizarre utterance, and based on his verbiage, it’s possible that he meant that there were no attacks between the enactment of the Patriot Act, one month after 9/11, and Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Then again, he did say back in 2010 that “we had no domestic attacks under Bush,” so maybe he meant it.
In the same speech, Rudy told the Ohio crowd that they were about to be greeted by their own governor. They were expecting onetime Trump opponent John Kasich, and they got Trump running mate Mike Pence, who is in fact the governor of Indiana.
Rudy w/major screw-up. Says governor of your state is coming out. Crowd is silent w/shock for @JohnKasich. Rudy thought he was in Indiana— David Skolnick (@dskolnick) August 15, 2016
Who knows whether Rudy Giuliani really forgot about the most famous Islamic terror attack in world history and the most important moment of his mayoralty. But it’s safe to say he definitely forgot where he was for a moment today.