He has got, I believe, the knowledge and the judgment to attack one of the most difficult problems in current history, and that is the rise of the Muslims. Make no mistake about it; this hasn’t happened for a thousand years. These people are very, very dedicated. They’re also very smart in their own way, and we need to keep the feet to the fire and keep pressing these people until we defeat them or chase them back to their caves, or, in other words, get rid of them.
Deady wasn’t the only one with intense pro-Rudy sentiments at the party. Another supporter told us, “We are going to protect what is ours. If it means we’ve got to shoot you in the head then so be it. I think he’s the guy who can do that.”
It was all pretty typical of the red meat crowd that Giuliani attracts.
Not long after our mini-documentary went up on December 27, two prominent gossip sites were running with it. Wonkette’s headline read: “Rudy Supporters Unsurprisingly Anti-Muslim” with the subhead, “Shut the Fuck Up.” Gawker ran with, “Giuliani: The Candidate Who Will Shoot You” and the subhead: “We’re All Gonna Die.”
When Greg Sargent from the influential Talking Points Memo called Deady, he confirmed that when he made the comments he was referring to Muslims in general and not just Islamic terrorists.
“I don’t subscribe to the principle that there are good Muslims and bad Muslims. They’re all Muslims,” he told Sargent. “When I say get rid of them, I wasn’t necessarily referring to genocide. What I was referring to is, stand up to them every time they stick up their heads and attack us. We can’t afford to say, “We’ll try diplomacy.” They don’t respond to it. If you look into Islamic tradition, a treaty is only good for five years. We’re not dealing with a rational mindset here. We’re dealing with madmen.”
Deady had other stuff on his mind, like airport security. “Instead of goosing every little old lady,” Deady said, “why not take a look at those people who are between the ages of 18 and 38 and are acting strange?” He added: “I’m not a bigot really. I may sound like one. But I’m only quoting what’s factual.”
Not long after this, other media began to take notice. The Giuliani campaign, which had initially hedged on Deady, said it would now look into the veracity of the quotes.
CBS News described Deady’s remarks as “jaw-dropping comments about Muslims.” Once what bloggers derisively refer to as the MSM (mainstream media) moved in Deady was as good as gone.
With the campaign already in decline in local New Hampshire polls and beginning to slide nationally, it didn’t need the headache of spending days explaining that Deady had been misinterpreted. Fox News reported that the “reponse was swift” after Giuliani “faced questions Friday night about the comments.”
Two days after the video first appeared on the Guardian site, Deady had submitted his resignation. Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post summed it up in a headline that read: “Rudy Ax Over Muslim Bash.” The tabloid described how “Rudy Giuliani’s campaign was rocked by controversy when a prominent New Hampshire volunteer resigned after making inflammatory comments about Muslims in an interview.”
Fox News noted that, “Similar fallout occurred recently in the Hillary Clinton camp when New Hampshire adviser Bill Shaheen warned in an article that Democratic rival Barack Obama’s admissions of past drug use could provide easy fodder for the GOP if he were the nominee. Shaheen resigned after making the comments.”
Fox added that the campaign calendar was another factor: “Giuliani’s campaign was quick to contain the damage in the final days before the January 3 Iowa caucuses and January 8 New Hampshire primary.”
After he resigned Deady got another call from Greg Sargent looking for a reaction. Deady was doing no more talking, he’d had enough. “This is not going to go any further with me,” he said. “I’m way beyond my depth with you people.”