Rudy Giuliani, the former spokesman for identity theft protection service LifeLock, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham in a Monday interview that the Black Lives Matter social justice movement “wants to come and take your house away from you.”
Giuliani, also the former mayor of the city of New York, made the observation after the interview departed from his realm of expertise — the inner workings of the Justice Department’s Southern District of New York, an office which he once helmed — and took up the issue of activists attempting to remove statues of controversial figures in history.
Ingraham asked Giuliani about the “planned and well-funded attack going on” in Washington, alluding to the group effort to topple a statue of former President Andrew Jackson on government property.
“It has to be protected, otherwise, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial — what’s next?” she asked, the last two words echoing audibly as Giuliani’s lapel mic picked up the playback from his earpiece.
“Well, over this weekend it should be quite plain to every American who can see through the propaganda that antifa, Black Lives Matter, the communists and their allies are executing a plan they wrote about four or five years ago,” Giuliani claimed, blowing past the guardrails of Ingraham’s question.
“Just go back and read what they wrote in the manifestos that they wrote, including Black Lives Matter,” Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer continued.
Giuliani, whose off-the-books foreign policy interference in Ukraine led directly to his client’s impeachment by the House of Representatives, then rattled off a litany of institutions which antifa, Black Lives Matter, the communists and their allies supposedly want to “destroy,” including the government itself, the police and prisons.
“They want to internationalize our government,” he claimed, without further explanation nor inquiry from Ingraham. “They want to do away with our system of courts, and they want to take your property away and give it to other people.”
Giuliani added that “they” were no longer concerned with what he characterized as “Mr. Floyd,” meaning the protests against police violence and racial injustice which have rocked the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the custody of Minneapolis police.
“That ended a long time ago,” the former face of Fraud Guarantee LLC said. “This is an anarchist — organized anarchists, supported with a lot of money,” he claimed, without offering either factual evidence or rhetorical support.
“We had outbreaks in about 30 cities over the weekend,” Giuliani added as he switched without preamble to discuss shootings.
“There were well over 100 people wounded with guns and 25 Americans killed over the weekend. That didn’t happen accidentally, Laura,” he claimed. “That’s part of a plan — and we better wake up to it, and we better stop being silly.”
Giuliani last week took to the airwaves of the president’s favorite network to try to explain why Americans misunderstand the police threat to the Black community.
“The unarmed shooters, which are the ones that are troublesome — there are only nine of them against Blacks, 20 against whites in 2019,” he told Fox News host Ed Henry. “So that will give you a sense. Meanwhile, there were 9,000 murders of Blacks, 7,500 of which were Black-on-Black.”
A Mediaite analysis found that this claim was quite far from accurate.
But on Monday, Giuliani, whom earlier this month conservative media personality Piers Morgan called “completely barking mad” in a discussion about race relations, eventually stripped away all complicating factors like communists and anarchists, pinning the blame solely on one group.
“People who say they are favorable to Black Lives Matter — Black Lives Matter wants to come and take your house away from you,” he said. “They want to take your property away from you.”
“Yep,” Ingraham said.
“They want to let criminals out of prison — all criminals out of prison,” Giuliani continued.
“Well, groups . . . groups . . . groups,” Ingraham said.
“They are anarchists, and they are anti-American,” the man formerly known as “America’s mayor” concluded.
Giuliani did not respond to Salon’s request for comment.