Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on Monday defended Donald Trump after the presidential candidate recently called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers.
During an interview with MSNBC at the Hank’s Yanks Golf Classic at Trump Golf Links, Giuliani called Trump “a very good man” and “an unbiased, unprejudiced man.”
Giuliani said he believed Trump meant to say that most undocumented immigrants just come to the U.S. to work.
“But then, because people can come in illegally, terrorists, drug dealers, rapists, murderers, all of whom I’ve prosecuted at one time or another, are able to get in,” he added. “I would have said it differently, but I do think he’s gotten onto an issue that’s important, which is making our border secure.”
“We’ve failed at it for quite some time and we need to have a plan so that we stop people from coming into this country without identifying themselves. Even if most of them are good people, if a few of them can set off bombs, if a few of them can kill people like one did over the weekend, if a few of them can rape people, then what are we doing?” Giuliani continued.
The former mayor said Trump “hit on the right point.”
“I would have said it differently. And I certainly think that it doesn’t reflect on Donald Trump as a man who is a very charitable and a good man. I’m sure if he really had a chance to say it he’d reverse it,” Giuliani said.
In a Monday statement, Trump defended his recent remarks about immigrants, adding that “tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border.”
Watch Giuliani’s interview via MSNBC: