Dem suggests Giuliani comments were racist

Dem suggests Giuliani comments were racist
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Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) on Friday said former New York Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiFormer NYC police commissioner to testify before Jan. 6 committee, demands apology Midterms are coming: Will we get answers on Jan. 6 before it's too late? Subpoenas show Jan. 6 panel's focus on Trump's plans MORE’s comments that President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWe must eliminate nuclear weapons, but a 'No First Use' Policy is not the answer Building back a better vice presidency Jill Biden unveils traditional White House holiday décor MORE does not love America stem from his race.

“Rudy Giuliani questioned how much, or even if, President Obama loves America,” Cohen posted to his Twitter account. “Maybe he thinks he loves it 3/5 as much as Giuliani & his pals.”

The tweet is a reference to the Three-Fifths compromise, when Southern and Northern states agreed to put a clause in the Constitution that said that slaves counted for three-fifths of a person for tax purposes.

Giuliani brushed off criticism that his comments were racist in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday night.

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“Some people thought it was racist — I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people,” Giuliani told the newspaper. “This isn’t racism, this is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.”

He also said that Obama's view of history was limited, and criticized remarks the president made citing the Crusades as evidence that religious extremism was not solely a Muslim problem.

“Now we know there’s something wrong with the guy,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani has clarified his original comments about Obama not loving the country, saying that he thinks the president doesn't express his love of country as much as other presidents.