Rudy Giuliani is very upset over Beyonce’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), because of her reference to gun violence. And he wants everybody to know that he has saved “thousands” of black lives, thank you very much.
The Mayor of 9/11 appeared with the dim bulbs of Fox and Friends on Monday morning, where host Ainsley Earhardt asked him to weigh in on Beyonce, who performed about 15 minutes of her “Lemonade” album during Sunday night’s VMA show. The part that has Earhardt all upset is a sequence where the dancers who surround the singer on the stage fall, one by one, to the sound of gunshots. Earhardt says,
“Her dancers were circling around her and one by one, they fell to the ground, and there were red lights underneath them. And that was supposed to symbolize cops killing black individuals.”
Or maybe the red lights were symbolic of the blood of the victims, regardless of who killed them. But that would be too deep for a Fox and Friends host. After all, they have to get up really early, and their brains just don’t seem to be in gear at that time of the day.
Giuliani, who is making a side career out of attacking Beyonce, is just outraged. He mentions all of his relatives who have been police officers, and how he ran the NYPD, which he calls the “best police department in the world.” Then he says,
“And I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw on stage by reducing crime and particularly homicide by 75 percent, of which maybe four or five thousand were African-American young people.”
Of course, when Giuliani says he “ran” the NYPD, he means as mayor since he never served as NYPD commissioner. And he also fails to mention that during his time as mayor, not only did the murder rate drop in New York City, but it also declined nationwide, from 9.0 murders per hundred thousand population in 1994, the year he took office, to 5.6 per hundred thousand the year Michael Bloomberg replaced him in the mayor’s chair. So Mr. Noun-Verb-9/11 is trying to take credit for something that was a national trend, making his role in it questionable.
In fact, crime in general has been on a two-decade long decline since the mid-90s, which makes it look a whole lot like Giuliani just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Just like the way he presented himself as some sort of savior of NYC because on September 11, 2001, he did exactly the same things that any mayor of any city would have done under similar circumstances. But facts will never stop Giuliani from being a hero in his own mind.
Here are Giuliani’s comments, via Fox News/Politico:
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