Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Friday explained why he believes the president of the United States has no love for his country -- and it's a line of attack Republicans have been employing for years.
“Look, this man was brought up basically in a white family, so whatever he learned or didn’t learn, I attribute this more to the influence of communism and socialism” than to his being African-American, Giuliani told the New York Daily News.
“I don’t [see] this president as being particularly a product of African-American society or something like that. He isn’t," Giuliani said. "Logically, think about his background ... The ideas that are troubling me and are leading to this come from communists with whom he associated when he was 9 years old.”
President Barack Obama lived in Indonesia at that age with his mother and stepfather.
“From the time he was 9 years old, he was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, who was a communist,” Giuliani told the New York Post.
Giuliani pointed to Obama being introduced by his grandfather to Davis, a member of the Communist Party, and his former membership in the church of activist Rev. Jeremiah Wright as reasons why his assertions were correct.
The former GOP presidential candidate told CNN on Saturday that he had received death threats in the wake of his controversial comments, but that he ultimately did not regret making them.