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Rudy Giuliani: ‘Democrats should apologize’ for calling Trump’s birtherism racist

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an adviser for Donald Trump’s campaign, on Sunday called on Democrats to apologize for calling the GOP nominee racist over his claim that President Barack Obama was born in Africa.

Following Trump’s visit to an African-American church in Detroit over the weekend, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Giuliani if Trump should apologize to the black community for spreading the false birther notion that Obama was not an American citizen.

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Giuliani countered that Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign had started the birther movement “and finally it was resolved after Donald Trump raised it.”

“They maybe have a faulty memory there,” the former New York mayor said of the black community.

“It was resolved in 2011 when he released his birth certificate,” Tapper pointed out. “Donald Trump talking about this as recently as February of last year at [the Conservative Political Action Conference], saying that he thinks the birth certificate is false. Should he just apologize for this if he really wants to reach out to minority voters?”

“If everybody apologized for all the things they said in politics, all we would be doing on television shows is apologizing,” Giuliani scoffed. “Maybe all the Democrats should apologize for calling Donald Trump a racist and calling him all kinds of terrible names and it gets a little silly.”

“Food stamps have gone up two and a half times under Barack Obama,” he added. “He should be ashamed of himself. Jobs should have gone up two and a half times.”

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“My only point is that many African-Americans are still mad about Donald Trump having tried to invalidate Barack Obama by claiming he was born in Africa,” Tapper noted, moving on to the next topic. “We’re obviously not going to get anywhere with that.”

Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Sept. 4, 2016.

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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