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Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Lee Zeldin attack Democrats on terrorism

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the NY GOP breakfast at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday, July 21, 2016. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.


Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) took shots at Democrats on Wednesday, saying the first two days of the party’s national convention portrayed a “fantasy” world that ignored the threat of terrorism.

At a news conference hosted by the Republican National Committee blocks away from the convention, Giuliani and Zeldin also took aim at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying her use of a personal email server while serving as U.S. Secretary of State put the nation’s security at risk.

Earlier in the day, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a news conference in Florida encouraged Russia to find emails that Clinton has said were deleted and scrubbed clean from her server.

Asked to comment on Trump’s remarks, Giuliani said: “What he meant was that if Russia has them, they should turn them over to the FBI,”

Giuliani said he “would be surprised . . . if the Russians haven’t hacked all of Hillary’s emails” long ago.

“There’s a pattern that is emerging . . . that Hillary Clinton couldn’t keep top secret emails safe,” Giuliani told reporters, citing the recent leak of private Democratic National Committee emails.

Giuliani, who spoke last week at the GOP convention in Cleveland, called the Democrats’ national gathering a “fantasy convention.”

He cast the party as soft on issues of national security, saying the first two days of the convention portrayed “a world in which everything’s wonderful, everything’s great, everybody’s terrific.”

Said Giuliani: “It’s about a world that doesn’t exist.”

Zeldin said the GOP’s convention last week portrayed “the realism of a country that is being attacked,” and demonstrated Republicans “are putting the highest priority on keeping American safe.”


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