A defiant Rudy Giuliani refused to apologize Thursday evening for a controversial remark he made Wednesday night about President Barack Obama.
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said at a fundraising event for Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
“He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me," the former New York City mayor continued. "He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”
Appearing on the Fox News Channel Thursday, Giuliani was asked by host Megyn Kelly if he wanted to apologize for or retract his comment.
"Not at all, I want to repeat it," Giuliani bluntly said, doubling down on the incendiary remark.
"But to condemn his patriotism, to question his love of America?" Kelly pressed.
Giuliani denied he was questioning Obama's patriotism, but reiterated he did not regret his comment.
“I don’t hear from him what I heard from Harry Truman, what I heard from Bill Clinton, what I heard from Jimmy Carter, which is these wonderful words about what a great country we are, what an exceptional country we are," he said.
"I'm right about this," Giuliani added. "I have no doubt about it. I do not withdraw my words."
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