Rudy Giuliani

*(Via MSN News) – Already under fire for claims that President Obama doesn’t love America, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani doubled down, saying Obama has had “communist” influences since an early age.

“He doesn’t talk about America the way John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan did, about America’s greatness and exceptionalism,” Giuliani said in an interview withThe New York Post published Saturday. “He was educated by people who were critics of the U.S. And he has not been able to overcome those influences.”

The former GOP presidential candidate walked through Obama’s life, “from the time he was 9 years old,” when Giuliani says “he was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, who was a communist,” to his “17 years in the church of Jeremiah Wright … the guy who said ‘God damn America, not God bless America,” a critique Obama faced during his first presidential campaign.

“Obama never left that church,” Giuliani added.

The new comments follow a Wednesday dinner in New York, where the former mayor said Obama “wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up,” and that his love of the U.S. should be doubted. Those remarks caught fire in the media and brought condemnation from the White House.

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