Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani lambasted the far-left policies of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) in a speech at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 27 and blamed the progressive mayor for the crime wave sweeping what used to be America’s safest large city.
“Now today my city is in shock. Murders, shootings, and violent crime are increasing at percentages unheard of in the past. We are seeing the return of rioting and looting. During riots this Democrat Mayor like others has often prevented the police from making arrests,” Giuliani said.
“New Yorkers wonder how did we get overwhelmed by crime so quickly and decline so fast? They elected DeBlasio because of their reflexive historical instinct to vote for a Democrat just because he was a Democrat and not to consider carefully his destructive policies and inadequate background,” the former mayor added. “Don’t let Democrats do to America what they have done to New York!”
Responding to Giuliani, Bill Neidhardt, the spokesman for De Blasio, wrote on Twitter, “Crime in New York City is lower under Bill de Blasio than Rudy Giuliani. And speaking of crime, remember when two of Rudy’s associates were indicted after trying to buy political influence on behalf of Ukrainian and Russian agents?”
Giuliani, who is the president’s personal lawyer, used New York City as an example of the kind of policies Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would adopt if he was elected to office. He called Biden a “Trojan horse” for the party’s left-wing, which is “just waiting to execute their pro-criminal, anti-police policies.”
Giuliani and other speakers at the convention spoke before an empty auditorium in Washington due to concerns about the spread of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus. Trump delivered his GOP nomination acceptance speech to cap off the four-night event.
The former mayor said that the bipartisan denouncements of the police conduct in the death of George Floyd presented a great opportunity for the country to unite, but alleged that the Democrats did not want Trump to be perceived in a positive light.
“They had a President to beat and a country to destroy, and although a bi-partisan coalition agreeing on action against police brutality would be very valuable for the country, it would also make President Trump appear to be an effective leader,” Giuliani said.
“So, BLM [Black Lives Matter] and Antifa sprang into action and in a flash hijacked the protests into vicious, brutal riots.”
The former mayor, who was instrumental in bringing down crime in the city, said that Democrat-run cities provide an example of how the country would be under Biden.
He noted that 36 of the 50 largest cities, most run by Democrats, “now have homicides increasing by double digits.”
“Chicago is far and away number one in homicide, leading number two Philadelphia by 200 murders in this year alone. It has been like this for decades and it’s been controlled throughout by Democrats,” the mayor said. “In fact, shamefully Obama and Biden did nothing at all to quell the carnage.”
Both Biden and Trump have condemned the violence which broke out recently on the heels of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as well as the wave of riots following Floyd’s death.