Giuliani: Calling NYC Explosion ‘Act of Terror’ is ‘Perfectly Accurate’
In the wake of the detonation of an improvised explosive device in a Chelsea, N.Y., dumpster that injured 29 Saturday night, Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani criticized one of his successors for his “premature” declaration regarding the likelihood the incident was terror-related.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the blast at the initial location appeared "intentional" but said that there was "no evidence at this point of a terror connection" in the explosion.
“When you don't know who did it, how they did it, why they did it, I can't -- unless he has a lot more information than it appears he has, it seems to be premature to say it is or it is not connected internationally to terrorism,” Giuliani said of de Blasio on Fox and Friends.
“Almost by definition, when you explode a bomb in an area, it’s terrorism,” he said. The former mayor noted that “terrorism” should not tacitly mean ‘international’ or ‘Islamic’ terrorism: “This could be ‘domestic terrorism’, or ‘lunatic terrorism’,” he said.
“I believe you lead from the front… I'm sort of a [Douglas] MacArthur/ [George] Patton kind of leader. You lead from the front. You're there. You tell the facts that you know.”
“You don’t avoid things [by] trying to sound too euphemistic—because nobody will trust you. [But] saying it’s ‘Islamic terrorism’ is jumping too far. To say this is an ‘act of terror’ is perfectly accurate,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani added that he thought Donald Trump should not have been perceived as being premature when he told a rally crowd in Colorado Springs, Colo. that “a bomb” went off in New York before local officials made any official statements.
I said “Boy that’s a leader. It didn’t take a genius to figure out it’s a bomb,” Giuliani said.