Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, condemned crime in U.S. cities governed by Democrats during his Republican National Convention address Thursday night.
“Don’t let Democrats do to America what they have done to New York,” he urged voters in a primetime speech that relied heavily on explosive rhetoric and violent imagery.
Giuliani repeatedly referenced what he described as an “unprecedented wave of lawlessness” that have accompanied widespread protests against police brutality and racial injustice — echoing the Trump campaign’s efforts to stoke fears of rioters in communities across the country.
Giuliani also cast aspersions on the Black Lives Matter movement, saying it “sprang into action” with antifa — a loosely defined group of “anti-fascitst” radical activists — “and in a flash, they hijacked the peaceful protests into vicious, brutal riots.”
“Businesses were burned and crushed. People beaten, shot and killed. Police officers routinely assaulted, badly beaten and occasionally murdered,” he said. “ And the police handcuffed by progressive Democrat mayors from doing anything but observe the crimes and absorb the blows.”
Giuliani went on to allege that a vote in the November election for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — who he dubbed an “obviously defective candidate” — “creates the risk that you will bring this lawlessness to your city, town or suburb.”
“Mr. President, Make our nation safe again,” Giuliani said at the conclusion of his speech, likening Trump to former presidents such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln who “were perfect for the challenges they faced.”