NEW YORK - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani painted a grim picture of the city's future - attacking everyone from his successor Bill de Blasio to participants in the Black Lives Matter movement - in a divisive and racially charged speech in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday.
Harkening back to when he first ran for mayor in the late 1980s, Giuliani said, "Crime was way out of control ... You couldn't walk at night.
"We're going in that direction right now, if we're not already there," he added.
Cast as a speech on restoring safety to a city reeling from a surge in violent crime, the event was light on policy and heavy on personal attacks.
"It's quite clear the worst mayor in the history of New York City is the present mayor," said Giuliani, parroting recent remarks from President Donald Trump, for whom he works as a personal attorney.
"You listen to his ideas and his vicious attack on the police," Giuliani continued. "People wonder why the police turned their back on him. (It's) because he ran his campaign attacking them."
The ex-mayor went on to cast de Blasio as disloyal to the U.S., noting de Blasio's postgraduate days volunteering in Nicaragua, and made a nasty jab at Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, saying he "belongs in Cuba." Carranza was born in Arizona and has Mexican heritage.
Giuliani also went on a rhetorical rampage against Black Lives Matter.
"Black Lives Matter equals cop killers," he raved. "You get to a Black Lives Matter rally, the thing you can be certainly sure they're going to do - they're going to say hateful things about white people; they're going to say horrible things about America.
"The one thing they will consistently say is, 'Kill cops,'" he added, alluding to incidents of anti-police rhetoric during recent months of largely peaceful protests.