‘Deranged police state fever dream’: Internet explodes over Rudy Giuliani’s ‘incredibly fascist’ video for 9/11
Former New York City mayor, now President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani observed the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by posting a chilling, creepy, and many are saying “fascist” video in the early morning, tweeting “GOD BLESS AMERICA!” in all-caps.
The highly-edited video opens with staged images of people protesting fascism, as a young child slowly sings “America the Beautiful.”
The camera closes in on a lone police officer starting at the protestors, who are exercising their First Amendment rights.
In an apparent flashback the officer seems to be remembering his life: a police badge is pinned on his shirt, a flag-draped coffin of a U.S. service member is carried past him, and a young boy sits in front of a television set watching footage reminiscent of fire fighters raising a flag in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
He then flips down the clear shield on his helmet, and the camera shows him whipping out a club – just as the protestors jump the barricade.
The words “This We’ll Defend” flash on the screen.
GOD BLESS AMERICA! https://t.co/VklXvWggKJ— Rudy W. Giuliani (@Rudy W. Giuliani)1568181222.0
The video is looped, repeating until the user stops it.
NBC News’ Ben Collins explains the video is “a ‘banned from the Super Bowl’ ad that skirted the rules and got conservative media attention.”
This is not the start of a dystopian David Fincher movie about a cop who lost his mind (good guess!). It's a "bann… https://t.co/xMwPepBzF4— Ben Collins (@Ben Collins)1568211069.0
Response to the disturbing clip was astonishment, confusion, anger, and outrage – and with many decrying it as clear fascism.
Take a look:
This video from Rudy honors the Republican tradition of using the memory of 9/11 to attack people who had absolutel… https://t.co/kHtaO4n5rb— southpaw (@southpaw)1568209757.0
Rudy Giuliani was always a fascist. Now he's just more comfortable being open about it. https://t.co/NdfJGLqTOv— 👮🏻♂️ Pigs are treyf 🚫 (@👮🏻♂️ Pigs are treyf 🚫)1568211104.0
Rudy Giuliani was never more popular than the 3 months after 9/11/01. It was because he displayed empathy, compassi… https://t.co/qXjq8BOiui— Anthony L. Fisher (@Anthony L. Fisher)1568211052.0
Wtf, Giuliani? On 9/11. The theme moving forward — we’ll defend our minority rule, via all means necessary. Fr… https://t.co/Rub2cFwnoz— Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter (@Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter)1568211558.0
Rudy's been an out-fascist for a long, long time https://t.co/ZEg4AzL4OE— Jason (@Jason)1568210309.0
Once upon a time, Rudy Giuliani was an attorney who understood the First Amendment. https://t.co/mgnjSbuwVo— Bad Fox Graphics (@Bad Fox Graphics)1568210704.0
welp it's just Mayor 9/11 celebrating fascism on 9/11 day https://t.co/hkxrqSM7io— Mask wearing and still pretty distant Tom Tomorrow (@Mask wearing and still pretty distant Tom Tomorrow)1568210641.0
nothing says "i remember 9/11 and respect the freedoms that were attacked" more than a video comparing social justi… https://t.co/f3m6EN6CXk— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis)1568210965.0
not sure what's more risible here: Giuliani's slobbering fascism, or the fact that he has to use an unattributed co… https://t.co/3I4qtFQ5MP— inverted vibe curve: burgertown must be defended (@inverted vibe curve: burgertown must be defended)1568211649.0
This is an ad for fascism, holy shit. I think Giuliani sucks, I've been worried about the right's nationalism, etc,… https://t.co/GsMiXCBPhc— Just UltraDavid (@Just UltraDavid)1568211703.0
I'm sorry but this is deranged https://t.co/hgz4SjU4QS— Jesse Singal (@Jesse Singal)1568210789.0
Gaslighting America on 9/11? Now this is DEPLORABLE https://t.co/y9OlhEZRpS— Cass OMalley 🏳️🌈 🍀🗽 (@Cass OMalley 🏳️🌈 🍀🗽)1568211681.0
9-11 First Responders died so police could quash protest and deport immigrant families? Rudy was a terrible mayor… https://t.co/qWKmlCrSHU— Nathan Newman 🧭 (@Nathan Newman 🧭)1568211859.0
Holy fuck Rudy. 1. You just reminded everyone how you used the police against the Black community while you were N… https://t.co/GeXVOwea1j— Daryle Lamont Jenkins (@Daryle Lamont Jenkins)1568211806.0
Because the true message of 9/11 is that we need riot police to beat up some protestors https://t.co/GJdQepBNxt— 🕷Dante Atkins🕷 (@🕷Dante Atkins🕷)1568212091.0