“It’s a shame,” New York City’s GOP ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani declared on Monday’s edition of Fox & Friends. He was, of course, referring to Beyoncé’s show-stopping political statement of a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
But Rudy Giuliani had no regrets about the criminal justice system that failed Trayvon Martin or the police officers who shot and killed Eric Gardner, Michael Brown, and Oscar Grand III. Their grieving mothers Sybrina Fulton, Gwen Carr, Lezley McSpadden, and Wanda Johnson walked the red carpet with Beyoncé when she accepted her award for “Lemonade.”
Nor was Rudy Giuliani — who has called the Black Lives Matter movement “inherently racist” — moved by the opening number. Dressed as angels in flowing white, Beyoncé’s dancers fell to the floor as they got shot down and the spotlight pooled blood red around them.
Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt described it while showing a video on the screen for the audience.
“Her dancers were circling around her and one by one, they fell to the ground, and there were red lights underneath them. And that was supposed to symbolize cops killing black individuals.”
But Rudy Giuliani couldn’t care less about all the people of color whose lives are senselessly snuffed out by police. He only had sympathy for the police officers who shoot them.
“You’re asking the wrong person because I had five uncles who were police officers, two cousins who were, one who died in the line of duty. I ran the largest and best police department in the world, the New York City Police Department.”
That’s the problem with so many people in the Republican Party. They have a bizarre lack of ability to put themselves in other people’s shoes. They lack even a basic ability to empathize with ordinary people in the most heart-wrenching of circumstances. And when people are hurting and dying because of the policies they support, they don’t care.
And to add insult to death and injury, Rudy Giuliani claimed that as Mayor of New York City — while our inherently racist “War on Drugs” was at its height — that he’d saved more lives than any of the Mothers of the Movement who stood on stage with Beyoncé
“And I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw on stage by reducing crime and particularly homicide by 75 percent.”
As if that makes up for NYPD and other police forces across our nation terrorizing communities of color, shooting black people down in the street, and murdering them in custody.
Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade then commented:
“And Beyoncé is an extremely popular and powerful performer, and when she does stuff like that, that message to the next generation is pretty indelible.”
To which Rudy Giuliani replied, It’s a shame. It’s a shame.”
Watch: Rudy Giuliani snarks on Beyoncé’s VMA performance on Fox & Friends.
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