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Lawrence O'Donnell Condemns Rudy Giuliani: 'Incompetent,' 'Fraud' (VIDEO)

Lawrence Odonnell

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 08/31/11 09:56 AM ET Updated: 10/31/11 06:12 AM ET

Lawrence O'Donnell condemned Rudy Giuliani on his Tuesday show, calling the former New York mayor an "ego-driven" "fraud" and saying that his actions made 9/11 worse than it could have been.

O'Donnell was reacting to an interview Giuliani gave to the Associated Press in which he said that 9/11 was "so far beyond what we'd contemplated."


"it certainly was beyond anything Rudy Giuliani had contemplated," O'Donnell began. He accused Giuliani of making "the worst tactical decision in the history of the city of New York" by ordering the city's emergency command center to be placed in the World Trade Center over the objections of police and other officials.

O'Donnell said Giuliani had made this decision because the Twin Towers were closer to the City Hall press corps, and so would provide him with more photo opportunities. He also vehemently criticized the faulty fire department radios which failed to alert hundreds of firefighters that the towers were collapsing.

"Despite the painful truth of these details, which show Rudy Giuliani to have been an ego-driven incompetent in dealing with the threat of terrorism in New York City ... most of the media will continue to portray him as one of the heroes of 9/11," O'Donnell concluded. "Know this: there is no more fraudulent public image in our politics."

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