Giuliani: Unity on Reducing Police Misconduct ‘Very Dangerous to the Left’

By Melanie Arter | August 28, 2020 | 6:25pm EDT
Former mayor New York City Rudy Giuliani (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Democrats and Republicans were briefly unified by the common goal of reducing police misconduct, but the left couldn’t have that because it would make President Donald Trump look like an effective leader, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday in his speech at the Republican National Convention.

Guiliani said that “the unprecedented wave of lawlessness began with a truly just cause -- the unforgiveable police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.”

“Peaceful protests began all over the land. The condemnation of the killing was universal from President Trump to Democrat leaders. It seemed for a few brief shining moments Democrat and Republican leaders would come together with a unified proposal to reduce police misconduct. This possibility was very dangerous to the Left,” he said.

“They had a president to beat and a country to destroy, and although an agreement on action against police brutality would be very valuable for the country, it would also make President Trump appear to be an effective leader. They could have none of that. So, BLM and ANTIFA sprang into action and in a flash hijacked the peaceful protests into vicious, brutal riots,” Giulani said.

“Soon protests turned into riots in many other American cities -- almost all Democrat. Businesses were burned and crushed, people beaten, shot and killed, police officers routinely assaulted, badly beaten and occasionally murdered, and the police handcuffed by progressive Democrat mayors from doing anything but observe the crimes and absorb the blows, but the worst of it was the slaughter of innocent young people with their whole lives ahead of them,” he said.

Giulani pointed to the murders of one-year-old Davell Gardner, Jr., four-year-old LeGen Taliferro in Kansas City, and 17-year-old  Brandon Hendricks. 

“For President Trump, and for us Republicans, all Black Lives Matter and the lives of LaGen, and Brandon and Davell matter to us. All lives matter to us,” Giulani said.

The former mayor also called out New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s leadership and the crime wave that has recently plagued the city.

“In 2013 my city elected a self-described Progressive Democrat as mayor. New York City, once described as America’s crime capital, had become by the mid-1990s 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,” Giuliani said.

“During riots this Democrat mayor like others has often prevented the police from making arrests. Even when arrests are made liberal, “progressive” DAs release the rioters so as not to disrupt the looting. New Yorkers wonder how did we get overwhelmed by crime so quickly and decline so fast? Don’t let Democrats do to America what they have done to New York!” he said.

“Again, the Democrats are urging you to vote for an obviously defective candidate. Biden has changed his principles so often, he no longer has any principles. He’s a Trojan horse with Bernie, AOC, Pelosi, Black Lives Matter and his party’s entire left wing just waiting to execute their pro-criminal, anti-police socialist policies,” Giuliani said.

“These continuous riots in Democratic cities gives you a good view of the future under Biden. All five of the top cities for homicides like the top cities for rioting and looting are government by progressive Democrats, using the progressive Democrat approach to crime which is to do nothing substantive to reduce it, to release prisoners as many and as soon as possible, and to go to war with the police, the only group with the capability to protect your citizens,” he said.

“It is clear that a vote for Biden and the Democrats creates the risk that you will bring this lawlessness to your city, to your town or to your suburb. There is no question that this awesome job of restoring safety for our people cannot be done effectively from your basement, Joe,” Giuliani said.

He said that Trump will work to “preserve the American system of government and our way of life” and make America safe again.

“In critical times in our history, America is always blessed with the right person to handle the crisis. Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan were perfect for the challenges they faced and brought our nation through gloriously,” Giuliani said.

“President Trump with his boundless love of our country and all our people, his disciplined work ethic, his exceptional ability to inspire and his deep understanding of our system of government and the strength of our American values is the man we can trust to preserve and even improve our way of life,” he said.

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