CLEVELAND — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani predicted Thursday morning that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would lose this November in her adopted home state of New York, accusing her repeatedly of criminal behavior.
“You can’t vote for her. You just can’t,” Giuliani said at a party breakfast at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel that has served this week as homebase for New York State GOP delegation. “You can’t put a criminal in the White House.”
The remarks were an extension on the fiery speech he delivered Tuesday night on the floor of the Republican National Convention condemning Clinton.
At the breakfast, Giuliani similarly electrified the audience.
He said support for his candidate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, in counties on Long Island and upstate, can overwhelm the votes for Clinton that would come from predominantly Democratic New York City.
“Hillary, we’re going to kill you in the state of New York. You are finished,” Giuliani said to enthusiastic applause and table-thumping. “Hillary, you are finished in Nassau and Suffolk and Westchester and Putnam and Warren.”
Giuliani denounced the philanthropic Clinton Foundation, headed by former President Bill Clinton, as a “racketeering enterprise.”
Underscoring the criticism of Hillary Clinton — especially in her policies and decisions as secretary of state — that has dominated the conversation in the first three days of the convention, Giuliani said, “Of course, this is an anti-Hillary vote, I can’t imagine under any such circumstances, how she could get elected.”
Later, in an interview with amNY, Giuliani said that one of the biggest issues facing New York residents is safety, and he criticized President Obama’s policies on terrorism as “extremely weak,” citing “repetitious terror attacks” worldwide over the past several months.
He also reflected on 9/11 ahead of the 15th anniversary of the attacks and said Trump “really stepped up” to help the city in the wake of the tragedy.
“We had a discussion about how he could use some of his hotels and provide food and provide water and provide a great deal of help,” Giuliani said. “He also organized a group of others in his profession to come and help us.”
With Jamie Reysen