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Photo Shows Giuliani's Hypocrisy About Hillary Clinton and 9/11

On Wednesday, former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, is coming under fire for statements he made at a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that some are saying expose Giuliani as a hypocrite.

Rudy Giuliani

At the rally, Giuliani boldly states:

"Yes, yes you [Hillary Clinton] helped to get benefits for the people who were injured that day. But I heard her say she was there that day. I was there that day, I don’t remember seeing Hillary Clinton."

Here's the thing though: Hillary Clinton, who was a senator at the time, hasn't claimed to have been there, as far as ThinkProgress was able to find. As you may recall, all flights on 9/11 after the attacks where grounded. She was, however, there the very next day.

In fact, here she is, pictured right behind Rudy Giuliani.

Hillary Clinton Rudy Giuliani 9-11

Images of the above photo — and more from that day — are being tweeted in response:

"I lost so many friends on Sept. 11. I think about it every day," Giuliani said at the Trump rally. "Don't tell me you belong to our very, very tight group of 'never forget.'"

Clinton recalled her own 9/11 experience to CNN last month.

"We saw this curtain of black smoke that was stretched across the island," Clinton told CNN in an interview, "Occasionally it would be broken by a firefighter coming out. I remember one image so indelibly, dragging his ax, and it was as close to depiction of hell that I've ever personally seen."

She said that on September 11, 2001, she and her staff in Washington, D.C. were "looking at each other with such total pain and confusion" at the news that a plane had hit the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Clinton and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) were some of the first people who were able to get a flight the day after 9/11.

Giuliani praised Hillary Clinton in July for her 9/11 response.

"Hillary Clinton, like Senator Schumer, like the entire Senate and House of Representatives, like every Republican and Democrat that I know, was enormously helpful," he told The Washington Post.

Rudy Giuliani

"She and Senator Schumer and [now] Senator Gillibrand and Representative Peter King were probably some of the most helpful in getting aid for the families of 9/11 victims," he said. "For that, I would give her credit. I would also say she should share that credit with Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Pete King, me, Mayor Bloomberg, and others people who were part of it. But she was part of it and she has a right to tell people that she worked hard on behalf of the 9/11 families. She did.”