BLUE BELL, Pa. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani stopped by a rally held here Friday afternoon for Republican senate candidate Pat Toomey, who is currently tied in the polls with Democrat Joe Sestak, and he had a lot to say about NPR’s decision to terminate commentator Juan Williams. Williams lost his job Wednesday after telling Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that he worried about getting on flights with people dressed in full Muslim garb.
“All the poor guy did was explain his feelings,” Giuliani told a crowd gathered at the Centre Square Fire House. “He explains his feelings and the guy gets fired because it doesn’t segue with the left wing dogma that he has to follow. And we put taxpayer money into that kind of censoring. Imagine if someone were fired on the left for saying something they regarded controversial. Come on, they would go crazy. Juan Williams just expressed something that a lot of people feel.”
Giuliani said the night of Sept. 11, 2001, he told people not to single out Muslims or Arabs, “that not all of them are attacking us as a group, but that it is also dangerous, not to be able to stand up to your enemies.”
Giuliani called Islamic extremists “an embarrassment” and a “disgrace” to the Muslim religion, but said the America should not refrain from identifying the radical sector of the religion because it could lead to more incidents like the Fort Hood massacre, where a muslim officer opened fire on a room full of soldiers.
“We don’t have to straighten out our way of looking at things because by straightening out, we become so politically correct we forget to defend ourselves,” Giuliani said.