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Twitter Hilariously Slams Rudy Giuliani for Forgetting 9/11

Former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani, omitted 9/11 out of a speech on domestic terror attacks, and Twitter slammed him for "forgetting."

While campaigning in Ohio for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Giuliani slammed Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. Giuliani, who was mayor during the 9/11 terror attacks, said that the U.S. didn't have any domestic terror attacks until President George W. Bush's administration ended and the Obama administration began.

"Under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the United States," he said. "They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office."

However, Bush was president during the 9/11 attacks that made Giuliani famous, not Obama. Nearly 3,000 people died in the 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia.

Twitter users were quick to hilariously "remind" Giuliani about 9/11.

Although the Twitter jokes focus on Giuliani "forgetting" 9/11, it's nearly impossible that he actually forgot the terror attacks when he made that statement. Less than two minutes before omitting the attacks in his faulty critique against the Obama administration, Giuliani called 9/11 the "worst attack in our history since the war of 1812."

He also said "remember we didn't start this war, they did," referring to religious extremists.

The point of his statements was seemingly to imply that the Bush administration was better at fighting terrorism and that Clinton and Obama are responsible for the rise of the Islamic State.

However, there's another fact that Giuliani omitted in his case against the Obama administration.

The Islamic State is a direct successor of al-Qaeda, the group that carried out 9/11, according to the federal government. However, al-Qaeda said in 2014 that it was severing ties with the Islamic State. 

But the tie is strong enough that the current authorization Obama uses to order air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State, comes from authorization that Bush received in 2001.

Congress passed the the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) resolution in the aftermath of the the 9/11 attacks under the Bush administration. The resolution permits the president to use force against "those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons."

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