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Report: Rudy Giuliani tells private dinner ‘I do not believe that the president loves America’

Rudy Giuliani at the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani doesn’t think President Obama loves him. Or you. Or America.

Giuliani made the claim to a crowd of conservatives — including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) — at a private dinner Wednesday night in New York City, wondering whether Obama really “loves America,” Politico reported.

“I do not believe — and I know this is a horrible thing to say — but I do not believe that the president loves America,” he said at the 21 Club, a former upscale speakeasy in Manhattan, Politico reported. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

He added that “with all our flaws we’re the most exceptional country in the world. I’m looking for a presidential candidate who can express that, do that and carry it out.”

Then he reportedly looked to Walker — a 2016 presidential contender.

“And if it’s you Scott, I’ll endorse you,” he said. “And if it’s somebody else, I’ll support somebody else.”

The dinner was intended to be a venue where Walker could rub elbows with deep-pocketed right-wing donors. The Washington Post’s  reported that economists Larry Kudlow, Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore were planning to host him. Laffer is known for the “Laffer curve,” a theory that lowering taxes can increase government revenue. Moore, a former Wall Street Journal editorial writer, now works for the Heritage Foundation. And Kudlow was an economic adviser to former President Ronald Reagan.

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But the event may have turned into a forum for the sharp-tongued, 70-year-old Republican who recently seems to be fixated on the president.

In an interview after the dinner, Giuliani continued to talk, saying Obama “sees our weaknesses as footnotes to the great things we’ve done.”

“What country has left so many young men and women dead abroad to save other countries without taking land?” he said, according to Politico. “This is not the colonial empire that somehow he has in his hand. I’ve never felt that from him. I felt that from [George] W [Bush]. I felt that from [Bill] Clinton. I felt that from every American president, including ones I disagreed with, including [Jimmy] Carter. I don’t feel that from President Obama.”

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Then Giuliani complained that the president criticized Christians earlier this month at the National Prayer Breakfast when he spoke out about those who use religion as justification for war. Obama noted that, at one time, Christians leaned on religion to rationalize slavery, among other things. “There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith,” Obama said. Giuliani reportedly chastised him for his remarks.

“You’ve got to be able to criticize Islam for the parts of Islam that are wrong,” he said, according to Politico. “You criticize Christianity for the part of Christianity that is wrong. I’m not sure how wrong the Crusades are. The Crusades were kind of an equal battle between two groups of barbarians. The Muslims and the crusading barbarians. What the hell? What’s wrong with this man that he can’t stand up and say there’s a part of Islam that’s sick?”

However, Giuliani failed to mention that, at the breakfast, Obama denounced the Islamic State terrorist group as “a brutal, vicious, death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism.”

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This followed other recent instances when Giuliani has called out the president. He has accused Obama of spreading propaganda that made people “hate the police.” He has claimed that Obama won’t fight for his country.

After two New York police officers were murdered in a squad car in December, Giuliani went on Fox News and called out the president for “anti-cop rhetoric” that, he believed, led to the officers’ assassination.

“We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani told Fox News at the time. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence — a lot of them lead to violence — all of them lead to a conclusion: The police are bad; the police are racist. That is completely wrong.”

Then last week, Giuliani compared Obama to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying “that is a patriot, that’s a man who loves his people, that’s a man who protects his people, that’s a man who fights for his people, unlike our president,” according to the Jewish newspaper Algemeiner.

Walker — who was supposed to be the man of the hour on Wednesday night — hasn’t commented on Giuliani’s remarks. Yet.

h/t Politico

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