On Thursday’s broadcast of FNC’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani sounded off on so-called race activist Al Sharpton and his role in race disputes over years – especially as he has come to the forefront in the aftermath of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions.
Partial transcript as follows:
GIULIANI: What I want to get into is when you were mayor — you had to deal with Al Sharpton. You had to deal with him personally. He was around in New York City. How did you deal with him? De Blasio — he’s de Blasio’s best friend.
GIULIANI: So I watched the Crown Heights riots happen —
O’REILLY: Right in Brooklyn.
GIULIANI: Right in Brooklyn. Four days, Sharpton I think had a lot to do with inciting those riots. I think the mayor and police commissioner made all the same mistakes that were made in St. Louis and Ferguson. They had what they call a venting period like three or four hours where people could break windows and throw rocks.
O’REILLY: Do whatever they wanted.
GIULIANI: Yes. And I read the Girgenti Report which was done for Governor Cuomo that talked about the mistakes. One of the mistakes was he said a cooling off period becomes a heating up period. You have got to stop the first stone, the first rock, the first window. I also realized that by dealing with Sharpton, Mayor Dinkins was elevating him at the same level of the mayor.
Here was my rule I am not dealing with you. I will only deal with people who have a legitimate interest in really solving the problem. I never found in any of the problems I had that al Sharpton had a legitimate —
O’REILLY: You froze him out? You had nothing to do with him.
GIULIANI: I froze all of them out who had no legitimate interest in solving the problem.
O’REILLY: And therefore, they hated you.
GIULIANI: They hated me.
O’REILLY: Demonized you as some racist guy.
GIULIANI: I turned New York City from the crime capital of America to the safest largest city in America in four years. And major beneficiary of that was the black community. And what have they done for the black community for 30 years except watch a lot of people get killed and blame it on the cops.
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