GREATNESS! Fired-Up Giuliani Froths The GOP Convention Crowd (VIDEO)

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani delivered a fiery speech Monday night at the Republican National Convention about presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, America’s foreign policy and recent police shootings.

Giuliani gave one of the longest speeches of the evening and garnered some of the fiercest applause from the delegates in the crowd, shrieking that Trump would steer America toward “greatness!” as he wrapped his remarks. Here are a few of his applause lines:

On the recent violence against police officers:

“We know the risk you’re taking, and we say thank you to every police officer and law enforcement agent who is out tonight protecting us, black, white, Latino, of every race, every color, every creed, every sexual orientation. When they come to save your life, they don’t ask if you are black or white. They just come to save you!”

On shootings of black men by the police:

“We reach out our arms with understanding and compassion to those who have lost loved ones because of police shootings, some justified, some unjustified. Those that are unjustified must be punished. Those that are justified, we must apologize to.”

On Trump’s generosity:

“This is a man with a big heart who loves people, all people, from the top to the bottom, from the middle to the side! I am telling you this because I am sick and tired of the defamation of Donald Trump by the media and by the Clinton campaign. I am sick and tired of it. This is a good man! And America should be sick and tired of their vicious, nasty campaign. You deserve to know this about your next president.”

On terrorist attacks and Islamic extremism:

“Failing to identify them—failing to identify them properly maligns all those good Muslims around the world, who are being killed by them. They are killing more Muslims than anyone else. It also sets up a fear of being politically incorrect that can have serious consequences. It did in San Bernardino. It did with Major Nadal. He was yelling ‘Allahu Akbar.’ The only person who couldn’t figure out this was an Islamic terrorist extremist attack was Barack Obama, who called it workplace violence.”

On comparing himself to Trump:

“I know we can change it because I did it by changing New York City from the crime capital of America to the safest large city in the United States. What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America!”

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