I'm sure Scott Walker was applauding on the inside, but he really ought to be apologizing and distancing himself from anyone who makes comments like this.
After all, after the primaries are over they've got to try to find a way to appeal to the entire nation if they have a snowball's chance of getting elected. And I'm guessing this isn't appealing to anyone who has even a scintilla of true patriotism in them.
The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists.
“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 during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”
With Walker sitting just a few seats away, Giuliani continued by saying that “with all our flaws we’re the most exceptional country in the world. I’m looking for a presidential candidate who can express that, do that and carry it out.”
“And if it’s you Scott, I’ll endorse you,” he added. “And if it’s somebody else, I’ll support somebody else.”
In an interview after the dinner – Walker aides insisted all of the governor’s comments were off-the-record – Giuliani said he would “eventually” back a Republican presidential candidate. He also elaborated on his criticism of Obama by arguing the president “sees our weaknesses as footnotes to the great things we’ve done.”
“What country has left so many young men and women dead abroad to save other countries without taking land? This is not the colonial empire that somehow he has in his hand. I’ve never felt that from him. I felt that from [George] W [Bush]. I felt that from [Bill] Clinton. I felt that from every American president, including ones I disagreed with, including [Jimmy] Carter. I don’t feel that from President Obama.”
Scott Walker should immediately denounce remarks like this, or give up his hopes of running for the presidency. I would say this is a "God Damn America" moment right there, with Scott Walker sitting there lapping it up. Either he denounces Rudy, or else he should just go back to Wisconsin and quit the race before he starts, because I can imagine the ads we can scare up showing a future Presidential aspirant allowing someone to suggest the current President doesn't really love his country like white folks do.
Update: When asked about Giuliani's remarks, Scott Walker gave the stock answer, crafted during the birther craze.
"The mayor can speak for himself," Walker said on "Squawk Box." "I'm not going to comment on what the President thinks or not. He can speak for himself as well."
"I'll tell you, I love America," he continued. "There are plenty of people, Democrat, Republican, independent, and in between who love this country. I think we should talk about ways we love this country and that we feel passionately about America."
Scott Walker is a coward who can't stand up to lunatics in his own party. This is a disqualifying event for him. If he cannot stand up to them, how does anyone think he would handle confrontations that really make a difference?