Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: “I Didn’t Intend to Question Obama’s Motives”

Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: "I Didn't Intend to Question Obama's Heart"

Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: “I Didn’t Intend to Question Obama’s Heart” (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

(OPINION) — Rudy Giuliani is now sort of backtracking after being blasted for saying President Obama doesn’t love America and questioning the way he was raised. He is now saying “I didn’t intend to question” Obama’s heart. Um, you think?

Giuliani wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America, nothwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart.” He added, “My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how the effect may damage his performance.”

The fact is, Giuliani did attempt to question the president’s motives and the content of his heart. He said of the president, “I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me.” A sincere apology would include the words, “I did not mean to say he doesn’t love America.”

“Obviously, I cannot read President Obama’s mind or heart, and to the extent that my words suggested otherwise, it was not my intention … I bear him no ill will, and in fact think that his personal journey is inspiring and a testament to much of what makes this country great,” Giuliani added.

Giuliani won’t put the outrage to bed with this op-ed. In fact, he continued to punch Obama, saying he doesn’t praise America, when in fact he has done that on many occasions. Paul Waldman notes that President Obama praises America on a regular basis. I guess that’s not enough for Giuliani, who was widely reviled by many constituents in New York City.  Here’s an excerpt from Obama’s State of the Union address in January:

… I still think the cynics are wrong. I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together, we can do great things, even when the odds are long.

I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at its best. I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California, and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown, in Boston, in West Texas, and West Virginia. I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains, from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in 10 Americans call home.

So I know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the American people who every day live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.

By the way, the Washington Post‘s Glenn Kessler collected more examples of the president expressing his love for America and praising its exceptionalism.

Ronald Reagan, who Giuliani cited in his “take-down” of Obama, also criticized America, but I guess that’s fine since he’s white and Obama is black. Paul Waldman quoted a speech Reagan delivered on in 1980 on the eve of the election:

Many of us are unhappy about our worsening economic problems, about the constant crisis atmosphere in our foreign policy, about our diminishing prestige around the globe, about the weakness in our economy and national security that jeopardizes world peace, about our lack of strong, straight-forward leadership.

The damage has already been done and Rudy Giuliani should slither back under that rock from whence he came. It’s clear that America doesn’t take him seriously. His failed presidential campaign is proof nobody really wants to hear from a serial cheater. A cheater is always a liar.

Um, I certainly hope Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who had his own shady past, will read this op-ed, since he said we should thank Giuliani for saying Obama doesn’t love America. I am not one who uses profanity, but Giuliani deserves a f*ck you for his op-ed.

Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Says He Doesn’t Know if Obama is a Christian

Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Says He Doesn't Know if Obama is a Christian

Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Says He Doesn’t Know if Obama is a Christian (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is going there — says he’s unaware whether President Obama is a Christian. Ini other words, if he isn’t a Christian he must be a Muslim. Yep, typical birther talk, but he’s forgetting one thing — Obama’s isn’t running for president again. He did that twice and won by a landslide each time. Walker is pandering to the extremists in the Republican Party and that spells doom for his presidential aspiration. What does President Obama being a Christian, or not, have to do with running the country? HYPOCRITES:

“I don’t know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, where he was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

Told that Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith, Walker maintained that he was not aware of the president’s religion.

“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”

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“To me this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and increasingly they dislike the press,” he said. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”

Scott Walker is appealing to right wing lunatics like Red State’s Erick Erickson who tweeted “I don’t think Barack Obama is a Christian. He certainly is not one in any meaningful way.” I cannot believe we are having this discussion, but good for the Democrats. It will  mean the Republicans will get another shellacking in the presidential elections as they did in 2008 and 2012. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Rudy Giuliani attacking President Obama’s love for America and Christianity fits in quite nicely with the narrative that he’s a Muslim sympathizer. Clearly the wingnut have learned nothing from the last two elections.

I was on Walker’s side when they went after him for not having a college degree. I take that back.  I guess he is going to need the support of the fringe element if he is to run for the presidency, so why not alienate independent, black and Hispanic voters in the process. Yeah, white extremists are all he needs to win the election–not. It’s a sad commentary that this is what the conservative movement has become–a bunch of extremists who seem to long for the days when only whites had all the power.

Rudy Giuliani Playing Victim After Getting Death Threats for Obama Comments

Rudy Giuliani Painting Himself as a Victim Over Death Threats for Obama Comments

Rudy Giuliani Painting Himself as a Victim Over Death Threats for Obama Comments (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

The right wing can dish it but they can’t take it. Rudy Giuliani is now playing the victim after his office allegedly received death threats over the despicable comments he made about President Obama not loving America and not being raised the same way as he and others. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

Giuliani doubled down, well, more like flailing to stay afloat. The latest is that he is saying Obama was introduced to communism at age nine. I didn’t realize Rudy Giuliani grew up with the president. So much for Giuliani’s reputation as “America’s Mayor.” That legacy is now in tatters.

MS GOP Lawmaker Gene Alday Publicly Apologizes for Racist Comments

MS GOP Lawmaker Gene Alday Apologizes for Racist Comments About Black Residents

MS GOP Lawmaker Gene Alday Apologizes for Racist Comments About Black Residents (Photo Credit: MS State Govt)

Mississippi GOP state Rep. Gene Alday publicly apologized for racist comments about black residents of his hometown of Walls.  The apology came after he told a Clarion-Ledger reporter that he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”

The Clarion-Ledger reports Alday apologized saying, “I didn’t do it with intent, but I am deeply sorry for my recent statements and I was wrong to say what I did and there is no excuse for my behavior.”“I value the relationships I’ve made with everyone in this House.”

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting “Food Stamps” and “Welfare Crazy Checks” in Walls

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting "Food Stamps" and "Welfare Crazy Checks" in Walls

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting “Food Stamps” and “Welfare Crazy Checks” in Walls (Photo Credit: Mississippi State Legislature)

Mississippi state Rep. Gene Alday has come under fire for racist comments about black residents in his hometown of Walls. He said he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call “welfare crazy checks,” the Clarion Ledger reports. Um, so much for the minority outreach RNC chief Reince Priebus envisions to get more black voters. It’s scary to think that Gene Alday once served in law enforcement.

He also said that when he went to the emergency room one time, “I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots.”

Since then, people around the state have condemned the remarks with some calling for his resignation.

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Mitchell said he contacted Alday about education funding last week and that the legislator steered the discussion toward race. The comments appeared as they were given and within the context of the discussion, Mitchell said.

But Alday said the reporter failed to write about the numerous times Alday has helped people of all races in his community, whether that meant giving them rides to the doctor or providing credit on merchandise at the store run by his family.

“Yes, it’s true that most of the blacks in my hometown are on welfare,” Alday said. “But they’re good people. I don’t have anything against anybody. I’m a straight-up guy. In my little town they had little civil rights walks and I was with them. I’m with everybody.”

Clarion-Ledger Executive Editor Sam Hall called on Alday to retire following the remarks, saying the lawmaker should step down at the end of this term without seeking re-election. Source: Clarion Ledger

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays (Photo Credit: Twitter via @czahor)

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s tech officer Ethan Czahor resigns over a bunch of inflammatory posts online mocking MLK, gays and women. He confirmed his resignation in a series of tweets: “i deleted some old jokes i made years ago that i no longer find funny or appropriate.”

Ethan Czahor was the tech officer of Bush’s political action committee, The Right to Rise PAC, which issued a statement, saying, “While Ethan has apologized for regrettable and insensitive comments, they do not reflect the views of Governor Bush or his organization and it is appropriate for him to step aside. We wish him the best.”

Then on Tuesday, the Huffington Post published inflammatory remarks Czahor made about minorities on the website of a radio program he hosted while attending East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

HuffPost accessed the now-defunct website of “The Ethan Show” through an internet archive. In a 2008 blog post, Czahor praised Martin Luther King, Jr. for wearing pants that weren’t “sagging to his ankles” and for not speaking in “jibberish” or “slang.” He went on to argue that the civil rights icon wouldn’t have supported affirmative action programs and declared that “black parents need to get their sh@# together.”

Neither Czahor or Right to Rise PAC addressed those statements about minorities. Source: Talking Points Memo

So much for Reince Priebus’ minority outreach. These conservatives just keep showing their true colors one election cycle after the next. It’s interesting when people like Ethan Czahor get called out for making derogatory comments, they always say they are learning….Really?

Black Lawmakers To Netanyahu: Don’t Disrespect Our President

Black Lawmakers Tos Benjamin Netanyahu: Don't Disrespect Our President

Black Lawmakers Tos Benjamin Netanyahu: Don’t Disrespect Our President (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey Flickr)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been put on blast by the Congressional Black Caucus, many of whom plan to skip his March 3 speech before Congress. They are telling him not to “disrespect” our president. The CBC considers Netanyahu and John Boehner’s stunt as a “slight” to President Obama and won’t support it, Politico reports.

Israeli officials have been caught by surprise by the CBC backlash, kicked off by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights leader who said last week he wouldn’t attend, quickly followed by Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and others. As a result, they’re working to set up a meeting for CBC members with Ambassador Ron Dermer or even Netanyahu himself when he’s in Washington.

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“It’s not just about disrespect for the president, it’s disrespect for the American people and our system of government for a foreign leader to insert himself into a issue that our policymakers are grappling with,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.). “It’s not simply about President Obama being a black man disrespected by a foreign leader. It’s deeper than that.”

That was a word many members used: “It is very disrespectful to this president, and what concerns me more is that I think it’s a pattern that is starting to develop from this speaker that we’re getting more and more disrespectful of the office of the presidency,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.). “I think it’s silly and petty.” Source: Politico

Netanyahu pulled another stunt during the 2012 presidential campaign when he entertained presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Israel, interjecting himself in out political process. Bibi dissed Obama when he went behind his back and accepted John Boehner’s invitation. He’s trying to score points in his upcoming election to make himself.

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Rand Paul,  GOP 2016 presidential hopeful, says he will vote against the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. Paul cites her positions on drone strikes, executive amnesty and her “track-record of violating the individual freedoms granted to us by our Constitution.”

Um, if Loretta Lynch was truly guilty of “violating the individual freedoms” afforded to individuals under the Constitution, would she still be practicing law? I don’t think so. As usual, Rand Paul is out the periphery of sound reason.

California AG Kamala Harris to Launch Campaign for Seat Vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer

California AG Kamala Harris to Launch Campaign for Seat Vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer

California AG Kamala Harris to Launch Campaign for Seat Vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will launch a US Senate campaign for the seat vacated by Barbara Boxer (D), the LA Times reports.

“She’s not testing the waters. She’s charting the course. She’s in with both feet,” said the source who requested anonymity while discussing Harris’ plans.

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Harris, 50, who is in her second term as attorney general, previously served as the district attorney of San Francisco. She is the first candidate to officially declare. Boxer announced last week that she would not seek reelection in 2016, setting off a scramble among Democrats who have not seen an open U.S. Senate seat since 1992.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer are seriously considering bids, as are several members of Congress. Source: LA Times

 

GOP Rep.-Elect Mia Love Backs Steve Scalise Amid Uproar Over David Duke Connection

GOP Rep.-Elect Mia Love Backs Steve Scalise Amid Uproar Over David Duke Connection

GOP Rep.-Elect Mia Love Backs Steve Scalise Amid Uproar Over David Duke Connection (Photo Credit: ABC News Video Screengrab)

Hypocrite is the only word that comes to mind with regard to Rep.-elect Mia Love (R-UT), the GOP’s first black female lawmaker, backing incoming House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise keeping his leadership position after David Duke connection came to light. Would she feel the same way about giving then-candidate Barack Obama a pass when Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s ugly rhetoric was disclosed?

I guess Mia Love is okay with waving the Confederate flag….

Mia Love backs Steve Scalise

Mia Love backs Rep. Steve Scalise amid uproar over David Duke connection (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Love told ABC News Sunday morning that she stands behind Scalise, who has been under fire for speaking at an event in 2002 that was affiliated with ex-KKK grand dragon David Duke.

Rep. Love said, “I believe he should remain in leadership.” She added, “There is one quality that he has that is very important in leadership, and that’s humility. He’s actually shown that in this case. He’s apologized, and I think we need to move on and get the work of the American people done.”

“This was twelve years ago,” Love said. “It’s interesting that it’s coming out now.”

Love continued, “These groups are awful.” “The last thing I want to do is give them any sort of publicity or credibility. As far as I’m concerned with Representative Scalise, he has been absolutely wonderful to work with, he’s been very helpful for me, and he has had the support of his colleagues.”