'Ben Laden' is Trending Because Rudy Giuliani, Mayor of New York on 9/11, Misspelled Osama Bin Laden's Name

Rudy Giuliani—who was mayor of New York during the September 11 attacks—has drawn the ire and vexation of Twitter after misspelling the name of Osama Bin Laden.

The 75-year-old, who is now President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, attempted to condemn Democrats over the criticism they have directed at the president and his handling of the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid—but instead only created further backlash for himself.

A flurry of tweets came when Giuliani spelled the name of the former Al-Qaeda leader as "Ben Laden."

"Contrast the reaction [from the killing of Baghdadi] to the killing of Ben Laden," Giuliani tweeted.

"I and my fellow Republicans congratulated President Obama. Are we better than the Dems who are criticizing Donald Trump?

"No, but maybe it can be a teaching moment to decent Americans to reject this pathology of political hate."

The blunder caused many to mock the former mayor, although some were angered by the mistake.

Ben Laden is on Facebook. Of course he’s from Ukraine & lives in Russia 🤔🤷‍♂️😭 #TuesdayThoughts #BenLaden #MorningJoe pic.twitter.com/jXgpaKOTr0

— Truthtalker (@Brotatopics) October 29, 2019

Well yeah, no one was that hyped up when we got Ben Laden, but I remember people dancing in the streets when we finally nailed Bin Laden.

— Max McGloin (@MaxMcGloin) October 29, 2019

Do you guys remember where you were when Ben Laden attacked Newb York? #BenLaden #NeverForget #NeverKnew

— JamesKopp (@packaday) October 29, 2019

Giuliani's tweet came after numerous Democrats—most prominently House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—criticized Trump for not informing them of the raid at Baghdadi's complex before it took place.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and Adam Schiff, who chairs the House intelligence committee, were also among those not to be informed. They were among eight Democrats who by law should be notified when covert actions are ordered by the president of the United States.

Trump did tell Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, in addition to Lindsey Graham, the GOP Senator from South Carolina, who holds no intelligence-related position.

"The House must be briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top congressional leadership were notified of in advance," Pelosi said.

Trump argued that if these details were released, it could have led to the death of U.S. servicemen because of the threat of leaks—although all the Democrats involved are D.C. veterans who are no strangers to being briefed on national security issues.

Aside from this point, and aside from the spelling mistake, Giuliani's comments with regards to how Republicans treated former President Barack Obama is not 100 percent true.

Military reps have attacked @BarackObama over Bin Laden leaks--they believe he's just using this for his benefit. Not a big surprise...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2012

Yesterday I explained to @wolfblitzercnn on @CNNSitRoom why @BarackObama doesn't deserve credit for killing Bin Laden http://t.co/PQwVDxVb

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2011

Admiral McRaven had full operational control of the Bin Laden mission http://t.co/ccoFmRm9 @BarackObama gave vague directions.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2012

Though there was praise from Senior Republicans, such as from former House Speaker John Boehner, Newsweek counted at least 17 times in which Trump tweeted negatively about how Obama handled the raid.

Most of the critiques revolved around Obama taking credit in the place of the Navy SEALs who executed the mission.

Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City
Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City, was mocked on Twitter after misspelling the name of Osama Bin Laden. Getty

Giuliani himself, after praising the former president, also went on to be very critical of Obama in the aftermath of the raid. He was demanding that Obama release the images of Bin Laden after he was killed, but Obama refused, stating it would be used as a propaganda tool.

Trump has indicated he is toying with the idea of declassifying and releasing footage of the recent raid.

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