In Youngstown, Ohio this afternoon, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said that there were no successful Islamic terrorist attacks in the United States before Barack Obama became president.
Giuliani was speaking in Youngstown before Donald Trump’s key foreign policy speech outlining his approach for defeating ISIS. Giuliani made reference to the time before Barack Obama became president, saying that the U.S. saw no terrorist attacks back then.
“Under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States,” Giuliani said. “They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
Giuliani’s comments immediately raised some eyebrows on social media, with critics pointing out that he seemed to be overlooking the events of September 11th, 2001, though Giuliani was seemingly referring to a period of time starting immediately after 9/11 and ending with Obama’s inauguration.
The former New York City mayor has made similar comments in the past, saying in a 2010 interview that “We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama.”
Similar backlash to comments from Trump’s surrogates emerged recently when Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson said that the United States did not invade Afghanistan until Obama took office.
“Remember, we weren’t even in Afghanistan by this time,” Pierson said, referring to 2007. “Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem.”
Pierson at first blamed this mistake on CNN’s audio issues before explaining that she misspoke and was referring to Syria, according to Talking Points Memo.