Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani says he respects Donald Trump for his response to the Orlando shooting, although he says he wouldn’t have called on Obama to resign for not calling the cause “radical Islamic terrorism.”
“I respect Donald for saying it,” Giuliani said. The former mayor of New York said Trump is trying to get a response out of Obama by calling for his resignation, and is aiming to replace the president with someone “unlike him.” Giuliani says Clinton would be “very much like him.”
Giuliani pointed to his prosecution of the mafia in the 1980s, stating that if he had not seen the connections between the mobsters in Sicily, Italy, Chicago, New York and Las Vegas, they would not have “cleaned up” New York City or Las Vegas. “We would have never destroyed the Five Families,” he said.
Giuliani also criticized Bill De Blasio, the current mayor of New York, for pulling police out mosques for surveillance. De Blasio ended a controversial program that critics say was in violation of civil liberties.
“If you’ve got nothing going on there but a beautiful religious service, why in His name would you not want to have police officers there?” he questioned.
Giuliani’s remarks come after comments from Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, who says the U.S. should look back to the 1930s to see how the government dealt with the threat of Nazis and homegrown terrorism concerns.