Rudy Giuliani marks 9/11 by tweeting video depicting riot police vs. anti-police protesters
President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani commemorated the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks by tweeting a video depicting riot police defending themselves against anti-police demonstrators.
Giuliani, who was mayor of New York during 9/11, tweeted “GOD BLESS AMERICA!” along with a 27-second clip video showing protesters wearing black and holding signs such as “Burn it down” and “Police=Fascism” while standing behind a barricade in front of police officers. The protesters are also apparently burning an American flag.
It then focuses on one of the police officers, showing a flashback of memories from his police swearing-in ceremony, saluting while serving in the US military as a flag-draped coffin passes by, standing for the National Anthem as a football player and watching first responders holding an American flag in the rubble of the World Trade Center towers as a child.
The clip ends with a scene back at the protest, with the officer pulling down a riot gear face guard and brandishing a baton as protesters run toward him.
During the clip, a young child is heard singing “America the Beautiful” in the background.
The video is a stark dramatization of divisions in American life being shared by a man who, 18 years ago, was widely hailed as “America’s mayor” for his resolve in the wake of the terror attacks.
Asked by CNN to explain why he tweeted the video and what it meant, Giuliani responded in a text message, “Honor the flag the way the Firefighters who erected the flag did on 9/11 and it raised the spirits of all of us that we were not defeated. Like IWO JIMA it was a symbol of America’s strength and resolve.”
The clip appeared to be pulled from a 30-second commercial made by Grunt Style, a clothing brand that sells patriotic-themed merchandise aimed at veterans and supporters of the military.
“This commercial was intended to be our commercial in the Big Game (you know the one). We weren’t denied or rejected by anyone, it was our own decision to not run it. In the end we just couldn’t take the big money risk,” the company said on its Facebook page, apparently referencing Super Bowl LII.
Giuliani, who was a federal prosecutor before becoming New York’s mayor in the 1990s, has long allied himself with law enforcement and supported tough police practices throughout his political career. He was a steadfast defender of the New York Police Department throughout several brutality episodes during his mayoralty, and he has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement — which began in large part as a response to police brutality and racial profiling — calling it “inherently racist” and “anti-American.”