I spent much of yesterday away from all media, coaching a bunch of kids with colleagues I have known for twenty years, colleagues with whom I attended post-9/11 memorial services for our fallen friends. I had to work yesterday afternoon, so I caught up with the news, which was dominated by 9/11 retrospectives. I also made the mistake of checking social media accounts... Roodles was particular disgusting:
Biden has made the 20th anniversary much more excruciating than ever before. It would be as if on 9/11, I removed FDNY and NYPD and told the civilians to fend for themselves or get terrorists to help. He is a disgrace .— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) September 10, 2021
Giuliani has hated Joe Biden every since Biden derided him back in 2007:
"Mr Noun Verb 9/11" passed into the American lexicon, and Rudy has never forgotten it. Rudy then degenerated into self-parody:
It’s a sin to politicize the 9/11 ceremony. I don’t recognize any of the people up front being here that day saving lives. But there were many who were here and risked their lives to save others. They are roped off and put way back. Priority….politics!— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) September 11, 2021
This is a character who has done nothing but polticize 9/11 for twenty years. Even worse, Rudy's reputation as 'America's Mayor' is based on lies. Sure, Giuliani was seen on TV, walking the streets of lower Manhattan, looking as if he were commanding the response, but it's because he had nowhere else to go, against the advice of experts, who told him to put NYC's emergency command center in the Brooklyn MetroTech, Giuliani put the command center in World Trade Center 7, near the site of a 1993 truck bomb attack. He did it as a favor to landlord Larry Silverstein, who had some vacant space. If Giuliani had been competent, he wouldn't have been wandering the streets, covered in ash and playing to the camera crews. Additionally, his failure to provide adequate radios to the FDNY resulted in the deaths of hundreds of first responders. Giuliani's entire reputation was based on bullshit.
I hereby name Giuliani the gaslighter-in-chief of this commemoration. His heroism was always a sham, based on his ineptitude and misfeasance, and his decades of politicizing the tragedy has always been disgusting. To see him chastise anyone for making the memorial a political show is truly disgusting.