Former Mayor New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani continued to tear into President Barack Obama today, intensifying his criticism today by attacking the president for holding a press conference after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last year but not after Islamic State militants killed hostages last week.
Talking to Geraldo Rivera on 77 WABC Radio, Mr. Giuliani said he did saying two days ago that he did “not believe that the president loves America” at a fund-raiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a 2016 GOP presidential contender. Mr. Giuliani told Mr. Rivera he was especially disturbed that Mr. Obama did not meet with reporters after extremists allied with the Islamic State killed 21 abducted Egyptian citizens belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Church, but did hold a press conference after Officer Darren Wilson shot black 18-year-old Michael Brown following a strong-arm robbery.
“I find it extraordinarily offensive that when a group of Coptic Christians are slaughtered, he doesn’t hold a press conference, but he holds a press conference when a man who stole a convenience store was shot by a cop. He holds a press conference for that,” Mr. Giuliani, a Republican, said.
He linked the president’s reluctance to explicitly label the Islamic State as Muslim to his alleged lack of effusive patriotism.
“I guarantee you, if 13, 14 Christians were slaughtered, because they were Christians, with the name of Jesus Christ on their tongues, Ronald Reagan would have held a press conference. I guarantee you of that,” the former mayor said.
The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, it did put out a strongly worded statement after the militants released a video of the killing in Libya, referring to the group only by an acronym for the “Islamic State of Syria and the Levant.”
“ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds,” the statement said.
Mr. Giuliani was one of the most outspoken critics of the protests that followed Brown’s killing, claiming the national focus should be on “black-on-black crime” and the high out-of-wedlock birthrate in the African-American community, not on instances of excessive use of force by police. The former mayor blamed “liberal guilty whites” and teachers unions for many of the problems plaguing black Americans.
Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday described Mr. Giuliani’s comments about the president as “pitiful,” even though he pointedly refused to respond to Mr. Giuliani’s comments about the black community last year.
Speaking to the Observer yesterday, Mr. Giuliani stood by his comments—again insisting the president speaks too much of the country’s failures and not enough of its successes, and saying his criticism of the way Mr. Obama was “brought up” was not racist because the president was raised by a white mother.