The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Council on American Islamic Relations, two organizations that track hate crimes, have both reported an increase in such incidents and suggested that the level of hate crimes may have surpassed that of the period immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
But when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Giuliani on Sunday if Trump would denounce the hate crimes, the former New York mayor wouldn’t answer and continued to discuss the protests, claiming, like Trump, that they were led by “professional protesters.”
Giuliani, whose name has been mentioned as a possible candidate for attorney general under Trump, noted his history of cracking down on crime and said he has “zero tolerance for riots.” He also suggested that President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should denounce the protests.
“I know both Secretary Clinton and President Obama were very gracious and I respect that a lot in the way they handled it the day after, two days after. But I wish they would say something about it too,” he said. “Because after all, these are supporters of President Obama and Hillary Clinton and maybe they could say something about this. Really, not the right thing in the democracy.”