“America’s mayor” marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by tweeting out a violent clothing ad.
Rudy Giuliani, who served as mayor of New York when the Twin Towers fell, stayed up past midnight Tuesday and took to Twitter in the small hours to post part of an ad by right-wing apparel brand Grunt Style that depicts a patriotic cop about to beat up left-wing protesters.
“GOD BLESS AMERICA!" Giuliani, who’s best known these days as President Trump’s personal attorney, captioned the 27-second video posted shortly before 2 a.m. — hours before most Americans woke up to honor the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
The video start off by showing a group of flag-burning street protesters dressed in black standing behind a barricade in front a squadron of riot cops. The protesters, who resemble the stereotypical depiction of Antifa activists, are touting signs emblazoned with slogans like “Burn it Down” and “Police=Fascism.”
GOD BLESS AMERICA! pic.twitter.com/VklXvWggKJ
The camera then zooms in on one helmet-wearing officer before a series of events from his life flash by: his swearing-in ceremony as an officer; saluting while serving in the U.S. military; standing for the anthem before a football game and sitting glued to the television as a child, watching footage of the planes striking the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Suddenly, the video pivots back to the initial protest scene, and the cop, a grin on his lips, pulls down his helmet’s face guard, whips out a baton and charges toward the protesters.
“America the Beautiful," sung by a young child, plays throughout the clip.
Giuliani, who was famously dubbed “America’s mayor” for his work in the city in the wake of 9/11, did not immediately return a request for comment on why he posted the clip on the anniversary of the worst terror attack in American history.
But critics said the clip amounted to an endorsement of fascism.
“This video from Rudy honors the Republican tradition of using the memory of 9/11 to attack people who had absolutely nothing to do with it, and it’s incredibly fascist to boot,” New York-based attorney Luppe Luppen tweeted.