WATCH: Rudy Giuliani Claims He ‘Saved More Black Lives’ than Beyoncé
Giuliani criticized Beyoncé’s Lemonade medley that she performed on Sunday (Aug. 28) at Madison Square Garden, calling her choice of so-called “anti-police” imagery a “shame.”
“I had five uncles who were police officers, two cousins who were, and one who died in the line of duty. I ran the largest and best police department in the world, the New York City Police Department,” said Giuliani. “I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw on stage by reducing crime, and particularly homicide, by 75 percent — of which maybe 4,000 or 5,000 were African American young people, who are all alive today because of the policies I put in effect that weren’t in effect for 35 years.”
“If you’re going to do that,” he continued, “then you also should symbolize why the police officers are in those neighborhoods, and what are you going to do about that? What are you doing about it?”
Beyoncé walked the VMA’s white carpet with the mothers of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant prior to her performance on Sunday night, which was the most-tweeted moment of the awards show. Giuliani previously criticized Beyoncé for her halftime performance at Super Bowl 50, saying at the time, “I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive.”
Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of Beyoncé also walking the carpet with her daughter, Blue Ivy.