Black lives don't matter to Black Lives Matter, says Rudy Giuliani - 2020-08-27
It was an open question what former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani would talk about in his primetime address on the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention. Would he resurrect the debunked charges against Joe Biden that got President Donald Trump impeached? Would he continue to assert that Biden is experiencing a "serious loss of mental function" and "displaying signs of dementia"? Would he just kind of wing it, enthralled by his own wit, until the producers played him off the stage with Oscars music?
No, Giuliani went with option four: arguing that black lives don't matter to Black Lives Matter. In a convention full of appeals to "law and order," Giuliani's appeal stood out for the sheer audacity—an unabashedly pro-cop ex-prosecutor feigning sympathy with the largest mass protests since the Civil Rights movement, solely for the purpose of tearing it down.
In Giuliani's telling, the nation had rallied as one after the "unforgiveable" killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The problem, he continued, was that it was too unified for liberals—rather than work with Trump and Republicans, "BLM and Antifa sprang into action and in a flash hijacked the protests into vicious, brutal riots." The Black Lives Matter protests were hijacked by…Black Lives Matter? Figure that one out.