Following in the footsteps of Dana Perino and Mary Matalin, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani claimed that George W. Bush had no domestic terrorist attacks on his watch. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and Rachel Maddow skewered Giuliani for this lie on Countdown and The Rachel Maddow Show. George Stephanopolous, who was interviewing Giuliani at the time of his false statement failed to correct Giuliani on his faux pas.
Other conservatives have downplayed terrorist attacks under Bush
Frederick: All domestic terrorist attacks since 9-11 took place “on Obama’s watch.” As Media Matters for America documented, Las Vegas Review-Journal publisher Sherman Frederick wrote in a January 3 column that “the two cases of domestic terrorism since 9/11” were “both on Obama’s watch.”
Matalin downplays attacks under Bush, falsely claiming “Bush inherited” 9-11 attacks. On the December 27 edition of CNN’s State of the Union, Republican strategist Mary Matalin falsely claimed that Bush “inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation’s history.” In fact, the September 11, 2001, attacks occurred eight months into Bush’s presidency and more than a month after he had received a Presidential Daily Briefing titled, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”
Perino: “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.” Bush White House Press Secretary Dana Perino falsely claimed on the November 24, 2009, edition of Fox News’ Hannity that “[w]e did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.”
Here’s Lawrence O’Donnell:
…and here’s Rachel: