In Desperate Attempt to Remain Relevant, Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani Endorses Trump
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally endorsed Donald Trump on Thursday. "I support Trump. I’m gonna vote for Trump,” Giuliani said.
"New York values," the much bandied about term originated by Ted Cruz, apparently played a large role in the Trump-Giuliani alliance. "We love New York," Trump said yesterday at a rally in Bethpage, New York, where he was welcomed home by a crowd of 10,000, along with hundreds of protesters.
After reading “The Snake," an activity that has become synonymous with his rallies as much as the violence they attract, Trump took the opportunity to thank New York’s political leaders, most of whom, apart from Giuliani, do not support him.
“We have the greatest leaders in New York State,” Trump told the crowd. “We have leaders that say ‘we’re not going to put up with this stuff any longer,’ that’s what they’re saying, folks."
Ironically, many leaders are saying that about Trump. Some of New York’s most prominent leaders, including Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, have spoken out against Trump’s bigoted rhetoric and denounced the presidential frontrunner.
Since Trump announced his presidential run, de Blasio has called out Trump for scapegoating minorities. However, after tweeting that Trump was an obvious racist, he reiterated his remarks to MSNBC's Chris Hayes.
“I get why people hesitate [to call Donald Trump a racist]. But I’m sure. I saw what he said about Mexicans, Muslims, the Ku Klux Klan. If anything’s been invalidated in American history, it’s the Ku Klux Klan. If you have to hesitate on that question, you qualify for being a racist. But the way he’s using his racial appeal is extraordinarily cynical. We talk about dog whistles and coded language; he’s gone way past and because of that, we have to use overt language and call him the racist he is.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly condemned Donald Trump, both for his divisive language and unfounded proposals.
“We make a long list. We write down all the immigrants on the list. And then we kick them all out. And then to make sure they don’t come back, we build a wall," Cuomo announced at a rally last month, imitating Trump.
Giuliani ran for president unsuccessfully in 2008. While acting as a formal advisor to Trump throughout the frontrunner's campaign, it was rumored that Giuliani may endorse Republican candidate Ted Cruz. On the other hand, Trump and Giuliani's decades' long friendship can't be underestimated.
Trump's formal endorsement from New York's most prominent Republican shouldn't disguise how he'll fare in a general election, although the latest polling shows Trump with a commanding lead in New York, over 50%.