On Thursday's broadcast of FOX & Friends, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani elaborated on comments he made last night about President Obama's lack of love for the U.S.
"I do not believe -- and I know this is a horrible thing to say -- but I do not believe that the president loves America," Giuliani said during dinner in Manhattan last night according to the New York Daily News.
RUDY GIULIANI: First of all, I'm not questioning his patriotism. He's a patriot, I'm sure. What I'm saying is that in his rhetoric I very rarely hear him say the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America.
I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents. And when it's not in the context of overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he's more of a critic than he is a supporter. You can be a patriotic American and be a critic, but then you're not expressing that kind of love that we're used to from a president...
What I question about the president, maybe it's even broader than that he doesn't express love of America enough, which I don't think he does. I think he talks more about criticism rather than about what an exceptional country we are. At least I don't feel that form him. Maybe I'm missing something but I don't feel that.
I also don't believe he expresses a love of Western civilization that he should or understanding of Western civilization or what Western civilization has brought to the world. It's had its grave, grave faults, terrible sins, but it's also gone through things like the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Counter-Reformation. We have three different forms of Judaism; reformed, conservative, orthodox. They all live together, they don't kill each other, they don't stone each other. At one time they did, a long time ago.
But now how about we talk about how we get Islam into the modern age where there is a recognition that you have to have this kind of debate within your religion and it's got to come out in the open. It's got to be discussed. If you refuse to say that there are extremist members of the Islamic religion, then it sounds like you're living on Mars.