When last we heard from Rudy Giuliani, he was saying pretty stupid things. Less than 24 hours later, he decided to do damage control by saying more stupid things. And now he's gone from being stupid and mildly racist to full-on idiotic and racist in an attempt to do even more damage control/get more attention. Stop.

Giuliani's original comments pertained to his thoughts on President Obama's patriotism and how the president doesn't "love America." Uh huh, next: this stuff is dumb but the kind of thing you hear from republicans looking to get a rise out of people. He then went on Fox & Friends to add to those thoughts:

"I'm not questioning his patriotism — he's a patriot, I'm sure. What I'm saying is, in his rhetoric, I very rarely hear him say the things I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things I used to hear Bill Clinton say about all the things he loves about America. I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents."

As if that was not enough, in an interview with the New York Times, Giuliani has decided to explain a statement he made originally about Obama – "He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up..." – by saying that no, no, that's not a comment about race, because Obama is half white:

"Some people thought it was racist — I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people," Mr. Giuliani said in the interview. "This isn't racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism."

And more, on Obama's qualifications to comment on history:

"Now we know there's something wrong with the guy," Mr. Giuliani said of the president. "I thought that one sort of went off the cliff.''

He added: "What I don't find with Obama — this will get me in more trouble again — is a really deep knowledge of history. I think it's a dilettante's knowledge of history."

This will get me in trouble again. And yet.

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