Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) appeared on CNN and announced that former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comments about President Obama were “desperate” and merely “dog whistling.”
“I’ll put it like this: I believe he was dog whistling,” Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, said on CNN’s New Day, in reference to Giuliani’s recent criticisms of Obama.
“He was signaling that he’s not one of us, and that had to do with some factors that the former mayor should not be trying to play off of.”
Ellison said that Giuliani was trying revive questions about Obama’s citizenship and religion raised long ago during his presidential campaign. He said: “Is he an American? Is he a Muslim? Is he a socialist? Is he this? Is he that,” before slamming Giuliani himself.
“(This is) an example of what not to do,” Ellison said. “It seemed like a desperate act of a man who’s desperately trying to stay relevant and is just having a hard time doing so.”
The media has been flipping out over Giuliani’s statements made at dinner for WI Governor Scott Walker last week, where Rudy said he didn’t think Obama loved America.