Rudy Giuliani: I Saved More Black Lives Than Beyoncé or Anyone Else on Stage at the VMAs

Rudy Guiliani on Beyonce's MTV VMAs performance: "I saved more black lives than anyone on that stage."

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Rudy Giuliani can't seem to resist bashing Beyoncé. The former New York mayor was one of the most vocal critics of her Super Bowl 50 performance, calling it an "attack" on police. He also doesn't like the Black Lives Matter movement, calling it "inherently racist."

So when Giuliani appeared on Fox News' Fox & Friends the day after the MTV Video Music Awards, the hosts just had to ask him what he thought about Beyoncé's night.

If you didn't already know, Beyoncé won the VMAs on Sunday, literally, by winning awards in eight categories for videos and tracks from Lemonade, but also figuratively by making the night's biggest statement when she walked the red carpet with the mothers of slain black men,> then performed a set that was unmistakably a comment on police shootings. 

The Fox & Friends crew played Giuliani some of the performance, which Ainsley Earhardt said was "supposed to symbolize... cops killing black individuals."

"You're asking the wrong persons because I had five uncles who were police officers, two cousins who were and one who died in the line of duty. I ran the largest and best police department in the world, the New York City Police Department, and I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw on stage by reducing crime, and particularly homicide, by 75 percent, which maybe four or five thousand were African American young people who are alive today because of the policies I put in effect."

When Brian Kilmeade pointed out Beyoncé's popularity and influence, Giulian continued by saying: "It's a shame. It's a shame."

Giuliani has been coming up in the news quite a bit recently as one of the best-known Republicans endorsing Donald Trump for president. To that end, earlier this month, he forgot that 9/11 happened.

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