Donald Trump embraces former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at a campaign rally in North Carolina last month.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 1:59 PM
Hillary Clinton wasn’t in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 — and Rudy Giuliani hasn’t forgotten.
Clinton has never claimed she was in the city on 9/11, and she had no way of going there during the terrorist attacks. Yet the leading Donald Trump surrogate and former mayor suggested otherwise at a rally in Florida on Wednesday afternoon, according to ABC News.
“Yes, yes you helped to get benefits for the people who were injured that day. But I heard her say she was there that day. I was there that day, I don’t remember seeing Hillary Clinton,” Giuliani told a crowd in Ocala before introducing the Republican presidential nominee.
“I lost so many friends on Sept. 11. I think about it every day. Don’t tell me you belong to our very, very tight group of ‘never forget.'”
Photos of Giuliani and Clinton touring Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan the day after the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people could be seen in photos that spread online quickly after Giuliani’s comments. He was mayor at the time and Clinton was a U.S. senator from New York.
Clinton told CNN last month that she and Sen. Chuck Schumer returned to the city from Washington, D.C., on one of the few flights allowed the day after 9/11. She described the destruction wrought at the World Trade Center.
“There weren’t that many survivors; the ones that did survive were grievously injured. The loss of life was overwhelming,” Clinton said. “But it was also my job and the job of other officials to get our city and state and country what we needed.”
Then New York Gov. George Pataki (l.), then-Mayor Giuliani (c.) and then-Sen. Hillary Clinton toured Ground Zero the day after the attack.
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New York suffered the most fatalities with more than 2,600 people killed on 9/11. Yet 125 people died at the Pentagon, just miles from Clinton’s Senate office, and 40 passengers on United Flight 93 were killed in Pennsylvania.
Giuliani appeared to forget about the worst terrorist attack in American history altogether in August at another campaign event where he introduced Trump.
“Under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack inside the United States,” Giuliani said. “They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
He later said that his remarks had been “misinterpreted” because of his “abbreviated” language.
“I didn’t forget 9/11,” Giuliani said. “I hardly would. I almost died in it.”