CLEVELAND ― Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani delivered a fire-breathing endorsement of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump during his primetime speaking slot at the opening of the Republican National Convention Monday ― and managed to do it without mentioning 9/11.
It was a remarkable feat for Giuliani, who rose to fame on his response to the 2001 terror attacks, but was memorably mocked by then-Sen. Joe Biden for constructing every sentence as “noun, verb, 9/11.”
Instead, Giuliani launched a vigorous defense of police and echoed the chorus of Republicans arguing that America is in serious danger.
“The vast majority of Americans today do not feel safe. They fear for their children,” Giuliani said, blaming President Barack Obama, although serious crime is down about 16 percent since Obama took office.
Giuliani did veer toward 9/11 once, but it was to mention a word that is far more popular among Republicans these days: Benghazi, a topic previous speakers had already dwelled on for more than half an hour.
“Her dereliction of duty and failure to keep her people safe played a major role, as you heard tonight, and the horrific Islamic terrorist murders on Sept. 11 and 12 ― 2012 ― in Benghazi,” Giuliani said, ignoring as every other speaker did, the nine Libya investigations that all failed to blame Clinton.