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As mayor of New York City dur­ing the 9/11 at­tacks, Rudy Gi­u­liani watched some­one leap to their death from one of the burn­ing Twin Tow­ers. He at­tended the fu­ner­als of 200 first re­spon­ders. Mr. Gi­u­liani, who also served as as­so­ciate at­tor­ney gen­eral in the Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion, has weighed in Pres­i­dent Obama’s re­peated re­luc­tance to char­ac­ter­ize the ori­gins of the Or­lando night­club at­tack.

“I can’t help but re­al­ize, hav­ing been in the fed­eral bu­reau­cracy for 17 years, that the words of the pres­i­dent have to have an im­pact on the FBI. There’s no ques­tion they have to have an im­pact. This ab­so­lute, com­pletely inane in­abil­ity to say ‘Is­lamic ex­trem­ist ter­ror­ism’ is one of the rea­sons I think the peo­ple in San Bernardino never re­ported to the FBI,” Mr. Gi­u­liani told Fox News, re­fer­ring to lo­cal cit­i­zens who with­held per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion about the shoot­ers be­cause they were leery of “racial pro­fil­ing” fol­low­ing the 2015 ter­ror­ist at­tack in Cal­i­for­nia that killed 14.

“It’s one of the rea­sons why the FBI maybe doesn’t want to show too much zeal­ous­ness. They might be re­garded as be­ing overzeal­ous in the pur­suit of Arab Amer­i­cans or Is­lamic Amer­i­cans,” Mr. Gi­u­liani ad­vised.

Mr. Obama, how­ever, con­tin­ues to de­fend his choice of words.

“For a while now, the main con­tri­bu­tion of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against ISIL is to crit­i­cize this ad­min­is­tra­tion and me for not us­ing the phrase rad­i­cal Is­lam. That’s the key, they tell us. We can’t beat ISIL un­less we call them rad­i­cal Is­lamists. What ex­actly would us­ing this la­bel ac­com­plish? What ex­actly would it change?” the pres­i­dent asked. Follow Jen­nifer Harper on Twit­ter @ HarperBul­letin

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