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Rudy Giuliani calls 9/11 the ‘greatest day of my life’

Rudy Giuliani was ripped off on social media on Friday after calling the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center “in some ways the greatest day of my life.”

The former mayor made the stunning comment in an interview with Newsmax ahead of Sunday’s 21st anniversary of the terrorist attack that killed 2,996 people in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

“The feelings are complex feelings,” Giuliani said when asked about the anniversary.

“I think the best way to describe it is the worst day of my life,” he said, before adding, “And in a way, you know, the greatest day of my life in terms of my city, my country, my family .”

Giuliani rose to national prominence in the days and months after September 11, 2001, earning the nickname “America’s Mayor” amid an outpouring of global support and solidarity for the Big Apple.

On Friday, the former mayor took turns recounting the day’s horrors and pondering how future generations should learn of the tragedy.

Plumes of smoke from World Trade Center Tower 1
Almost 3,000 people died on September 11, 2001 in NYC, DC and Pennsylvania.
Chao Soi Cheong/AP

“The first shocking incident … which really surpasses anything I’ve ever experienced before — and boy, had I experienced a lot as mayor — was seeing a man jump 101 floors,” he said. “I was fascinated by it and all the things that go through your head: Why is he doing this? How did he make that choice? Oh my god, can I stop this?”

“All of a sudden, he hit the ground, and to see what was happening to his body — which I won’t describe — I said to myself at that moment, ‘I better watch out. That might shock you,'” Giuliani added.

The ex-mayor then recalled grabbing then-NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik and telling him, “We’ve never seen this, America has never seen this — we’ve got to invent a rule book.”

“And he said, ‘Boss, nobody’s better than you,'” Giuliani recalled.

Later in the segment, Giuliani said school kids should learn about the tragedy related to the resilience Americans have shown in response to the attack “which I don’t know about, I’m not sure is there right now.” .

With the skeleton of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the background, New York City firefighters work amidst debris on Cortlandt Street after the terrorist attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
With the skeleton of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the background, FDNY firefighters work amidst debris on Cortlandt Street on September 11, 2001.
Mark Lennihan/AP

“This was an extraordinarily brave response from a country that has tremendous strength in its freedom and history,” he added. “This must be taught”

In response, Twitter users accused the former mayor of being thoughtless or narcissistic in his remarks.

“Rudy has found the benefit of sending 3,000 Americans to their fiery deaths.” wrote Christian Schneider of the Cato Institute.

“As a New Yorker, I vividly recall feelings of shock, sadness, anger, confusion, and most importantly, a sense of innocence being lost.” Sports journalist Denis Gorman responded. “Twenty-one years later, those feelings have remained. Do you know what feeling I didn’t have then and don’t have now? One of self-aggrandizement.”

“Sorry, did that man just say Charles Dickens 9/11?” asked Blake Goodmana nod to the novelist’s iconic “Best of Times, Worst of Times” opening of “A Tale of Two Cities.”

“Super normal thing to say,” the Democrat said dead Advisor Tim Hogan.

“I can’t believe this is real, and yet it is” responded Councilwoman Rita Joseph. “Calling the greatest tragedy in our city’s history ‘the greatest day of my life’ is just absolutely cruel and heartless.”

Giuliani was not immediately available for further comment.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/09/rudy-giuliani-calls-9-11-the-greatest-day-of-my-life/ Rudy Giuliani calls 9/11 the ‘greatest day of my life’

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