Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he believes President Barack Obama does not love the United States — or the people in it.
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said Wednesday during a private group dinner in Manhattan, Politico reports. “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.”
“Well, first of all, I’m not questioning his patriotism. He’s a patriot, I’m sure,” Giuliani elaborated. “What I’m saying is, in his rhetoric I very rarely hear the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things that I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America. … I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents. And when it’s not in the context of an overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he’s more of a critic than he is a supporter.”
Bill Maher and panelists Bret Stephens, Nia-Malika Henderson, Bill Burr and former Gov. Howard Dean discuss the controversy surrounding Clint Eastwood’s film, American Sniper, and its hero, Chris Kyle.
Maher referred to sniper Chris Kyle as a “psychopath patriot.”
Right-wing news such as Fox News predictably denounced Maher’s comment. However, in the past, Fox News has agreed with Maher on the topic of Muslims.
Fox News / Newsbusters : “Having misled those who’ve yet to see American Sniper with what it actually depicts…Maher took refuge in the familiar haven of absurdity – ”
However, in the past, the right-wing news outlets have agreed with Maher. In October, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly took Bill Maher’s side in the HBO host’s argument over Islam with actor Ben Affleck.
“Mr. Maher is correct on the overall effect Islam is having on the world right now,” O’Reilly said. “The truth is militant Islam continues to drive worldwide terrorism and have plenty of sanctuaries from which to commit their evil.”
Is there hypocrisy in the right-wing media’s reactions to Maher?