Earlier this week, Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani made some comments about the President, stating, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America”.
Obviously, Giuliani is criticizing Obama’s foreign policy. There’s nothing wrong with that, as a lack of criticism would imply that every person in America felt that Obama’s foreign policy was perfect. The problem is with the way Giuliani stated it so that it attacks the President himself, rather than his politics. This follows a trend of statements that only one president has had to deal with.
The idea that the President, this country’s senior public official, hates America, seems ridiculous if you put much thought into it.
Even debating it is a bit crazy. If you hate America, the best way to show it is not by running the country. Our previous president wasn’t criticized for not loving America, but he was still pretty bad at being in charge of it.
Obama has repeatedly stated that, despite his critiques of our past, he’s described his personal ascension as something that could only happen in America. Giuliani simply followed in the footsteps of others before him, such as Donald Trump and Dinesh D’Souza.
This incident reeks of the bitter debate where people questioned whether or not Obama was actually born inside of the US, as required by constitutional law, and whether or not he is a Kenyan Muslim.
This is racist, and almost as unabashedly racist is it could be–the single reason anyone would doubt whether Obama was born here or not would be because he’s black.
If you don’t believe me, look at the potential presidential candidates for next year. If you were to choose one who wasn’t born in America, would you have said Ted Cruz? He was born in Canada.
It’s also irritating that the religion plays into it as well; not only is there an assumption that race determines religion, but there’s the notion that a Muslim president would somehow be bad for the country.
The larger, overarching problem with these and other comments about where the President’s loyalties lie is that people really believe this: people with different political ideals have it in for the country.