Rudy Giuliani and MSNBC contributor got into a fiery exchange on “Meet the Press” Sunday. On Monday, Giuliani had some more thoughts for the MSNBC contributor in defense of suggestions he’s a white supremacist.
“I’d like to see if Dr. Dyson has ever saved as many lives in his community as I’ve saved,” Giuliani said Monday on Fox & Friends, defending himself against Dr. Michael Eric Dyson suggesting that Giuliani’s attitude about black and black crime reinforces the “defensive mechanism of white supremacy at work.”
“I’ve probably saved more black lives as mayor of New York City than any mayor in New York City with the possible exception of Mike Bloomberg, who was there for 12 year,” Giuliani said. “I’d like to see if Dr. Dyson has ever saved as many lives in his community as I have.”
The dustup between Giuliani and Dyson happened Sunday on “Meet the Press” during a segment on the imminent grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri in the case of officer of Darren Wilson shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Giuliani said he found it very disappointing that Dyson wasn’t focusing on the fact that “93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks.” Dyson responded the former mayor was proposing a false equivalency, and then said:”Your attitude reinforces the problematic perspective that prevails in the culture…this is the defensive mechanism at work in your mind.”
On Fox & Friends Monday, Giuliani all but called Dyson a racist: “It depends on whether you want to be some type of racial demogogue who I consider a racist”
Of course, Giuliani’s comparison is a little tough to measure. He was a mayor with authority to implement police actions and strategy. Dyson is a Georgetown professor, author, and TV commentator with no authority to make policy on black on back crime or any type of crime.