Rudolph Giuliani: 'I Do Not Believe the President Loves America'
There is uproar over an accusation by Rudolph Giuliani that President Obama "does not love America."
He reportedly made the claim at a private Republican fundraiser in New York. The website Politico quoted him saying, "I do not believe that the president loves America. He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country."
Whoopi Goldberg expressed outrage over the accusation on The View. She said, "Shut up Rudy! You can disagree with the president all you want to, but don't start talking about who loves America and who doesn't because you don't know what you're talking about."
Giuliani clarified his remarks on FOX News Channel. He commented, "I'm not questioning his patriotism. He's a patriot, I'm sure. What I'm saying is, in his rhetoric, I very rarely hear him say the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things that I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America."
The firestorm stemmed over the president's refusal to label terrorists as "Islamic," most recently today at the Counter-Terrorism Summit D.C.
"All of us have a responsibility to refute the notion that these groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam," said President Obama.
The New York Post pictured the president blindfolded with the headline: Islamic Terror I Just Don't See It.
Republican strategist, Karl Rove, was also critical. He was asked, "Why the verbal gymnastics over the word Islamic or Muslim terrorism?"
He responded, "I think the president is just stubborn and arrogant. He thinks he knows better and he is not going to bend to the necessities of the moment."
But Andrea Mitchell defended the president on MSNBC, saying, "President Obama's language on this is almost identical to George W. Bush after 9/11."
The uproar came on a day of more terrorist horrors. One just-released video showed recruits going through terrorist bootcamp. Its release comes on the heels of the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.
And, there is a heartbreaking new video of Kayla Mueller, the humanitarian aid worker kidnapped and murdered by ISIS.
"It's never goodbye among friends," she said.
The never-before-seen video showed Kayla preparing for her ill-fated mission to Syria, and saying goodbye.
"So what I have to say to my loved ones in Prescott is that I will always love you."
The video was played at an emotional candle-light vigil for Kayla in her hometown of Prescott, Arizona.