Just a month after causing an uproar by questioning President Barack Obama’s patriotism, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is back on his favorite talking point: the president.
Giuliani’s latest argument? Obama should be more like Bill Cosby, the legendary comedian accused of drugging and sexual assaulting at least 30 women.
“I hate to mention it because of what happened afterwards, but (he should be saying) the kinds of stuff Bill Cosby used to say,” Giuliani said on a New York radio show according to the New York Daily News, where he also made headlines for arguing that the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, should be “commended.”Cosby has never been charged with a crime and has denied past allegations made against him, but before his reputation was tarnished recently he was known – and briefly, became a conservative darling—for widely publicized tirades aimed at the black community. Almost a decade ago, Cosby called on African-Americans to clean up their own communities, stay in school, and ‘pull their pants up,’ creating his own brand of up-by-the-bootstraps philosophy that completely ignored systemic inequality and racism.
For his part, the man formerly known as “America’s Mayor,” has been ubiquitous lately – saying he doubts the president “loves America” while blaming racial unrest and violence in Ferguson solely on communities of color. Giuliani has steadfastly denied subscribing to any kind of racial bias, and in February he issued something akin to an apology for some of his incendiary remarks of late.
“I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart,” Giuliani wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. “My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance.”