Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Thursday called on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to include the controversial parts of her public life when she delivers her acceptance speech on the final night of the party’s national convention
At a news conference organized by the Republican National Committee hours before the start of the convention, Giuliani and a team of GOP officials, derided Democrats — saying the party’s convention hardly focused on national security issues, and ignored the controversial elements of Clinton’s career, including her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.
“Here are the simple facts, we are living in a fantasy world of safety fed to us by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani, who as mayor worked alongside then-Sen. Clinton, was asked to weigh-in on the convention’s heavy emphasis on Clinton’s role in the 9/11 recovery effort.
“She certainly was a part of it,” Giuliani said. “She has a right to tell people that she worked hard on behalf of the 9/11 families.”
Moments later, Giuliani followed-up with a different response, telling reporters: “just because she is good to the survivors” doesn’t mean Clinton is qualified to serve as commander-in-chief.
“She may have helped the families, but she hasn’t helped our country to avoid another attack like that,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani, repeating a line of attack that Trump has used on the campaign trail, criticized Clinton for not holding a campaign news conference in several months.
“She should not be allowed to run for president and hide in an ivory tower,” Giuliani said, adding that as mayor he held daily press briefings.
Gary Byrne, an ex-secret service agent for Bill Clinton, also spoke at the news conference, and said he disagreed with the convention’s portrayals of Clinton as a compassionate public servant.
“The real Mrs. Clinton I saw was distant and cold,” said Byrne, who recently published a tell-all book about his time serving the Clintons.