The former New York City mayor seemed to suggest that the 2001 terrorist attacks had something to do with antifa.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor turned personal lawyer to Donald Trump, commemorated the anniversary of 9/11 on Wednesday by tweeting part of a clothing ad portraying a nation divided between the police and protesters. His 1:53 a.m. tweet was captioned "GOD BLESS AMERICA!"
GOD BLESS AMERICA! pic.twitter.com/VklXvWggKJ
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) September 11, 2019
As noted by Raw Story, the apocalyptic 27-second video came from an ad produced last year by Grunt Style, a self-described "patriotic apparel" vendor that sells items including a "This is my killing hoodie" sweatshirt for women and a "Commie killer" T-shirt for men.
The ad had been created around the time of the Super Bowl and shows a police officer — inspired to become a cop from watching images of September 11 as a kid — staring down anti-fascist demonstrators. It makes the clear inference that "antifa" protesters are comparable to the al-Qaida-linked terrorists who launched the 2001 attacks.
Shortly after the September 11 attacks destroyed the World Trade Center twin towers, then-Mayor Giuliani issued a call for unity and inclusion. In a speech to the U.N. on October 1, 2001, he explicitly condemned the sort of division pushed by al-Qaida:
It was an attack on the very idea of a free, inclusive, and civil society. It was a direct assault on the founding principles of the United Nations itself. The Preamble to the U.N. Charter states that this organization exists "to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person...to practice tolerance and live together in peace as good neighbors…[and] to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security."
We are unified and we will not yield to terror. We do not let fear make our decisions for us. We choose to live in freedom.
Now, he seems to be advocating for a violent police state where Americans clash with other Americans.
Giuliani shockingly claimed at a 2016 Trump rally that during George W. Bush's eight years as president "we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States."
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.