Rudy Giuliani’s Descent from America’s Mayor to America’s Crazy Uncle is Now Complete
Rudy Giuliani served as one of the lead U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District of NY that built the biggest case against organized crime in NYC that ultimately broke the back of the mob. He parleyed that accomplishment into getting elected as the mayor of NYC, a tenure that earned him the nickname “America’s Mayor,” as he acted as a primary national source of information and communication in place of a seemingly shell shocked newly elected President George W Bush, in the immediate days following the 9/11 attack.
Crime was down in NYC throughout his mayoral tenure and the economy improved. Sure, there were some cracks in his character that surfaced during his 2000 run for the US Senate when his extramarital affair was made public and rampant reports of police brutality having occurred under his watch came to light. But his leadership and expression of calm to a frightened and outraged nation after 9/11 left the city and the country at large with pretty positive feelings about Rudy Giuliani as he left office. Back then, no one could have ever predicted how badly Rudy’s ethics, moral compass, legal acumen, and even seemingly perhaps even his sanity would precipitously fall to the level it has while serving as President Donald Trump’s personal attorney.
While Trump was front and center for his impeachment trial, let’s not forget the prominent role Rudy played in getting him there running around Ukraine with shady characters named Lev and Igor to dig up dirt on Joe Biden’s son Hunter. This laid the basis for Trump’s infamous phone call with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky where he suggested that much needed military aide that was promised in their ongoing fight to stave off Russian aggression, as well as an official White House meeting, was contingent on Zelensky working with Rudy Giuliani to investigate the son of his political rival Joe Biden.
Just when we think that Rudy Giuliani could not disgrace himself any further, with the 3 ring circus that is his legal team’s crusade overturn the results of the presidential election with baseless allegations of fraud, that Joe Biden clearly won, Rudy in essence told us, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”
He started by appearing sweating out streaks of hair dye down his face with Sidney Powell, the most visible member of his legal team at his side, at numerous press conferences. Sidney Powell is a favorite of QAnon conspiracy theorists as she has repeatedly been on the talk show circuit pushing a vast election fraud conspiracy at play that involves long deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, George Soros, the Clintons, the FBI, and even the CIA.
This ultimately proved too crazy for even Rudy and he moved to distance himself from Powell stating that she really was not part of the Trump campaign legal team in any official capacity, despite of course, Trump having Tweeted this:
“I look forward to Mayor Giuliani spearheading the legal effort to defend OUR RIGHT to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS! Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, a truly great team, added to our other wonderful lawyers and representatives!”
Giuliani most recently moved on to the Michigan House Oversight committee hearing where he spent 5 hours trying to convince Michigan state government officials to disregard the certified election results showing a Biden victory that exceeded 154,000 votes. As he has before with legal challenges, his only “evidence” was signed affidavits of Trump voters making claims of being eye witnesses to voter fraud.
One such witness, Melissa Carone, testified that election workers ran ballots through tabulators multiple times and were counted more than once, a claim that’s been refuted by election officials who say such an action would have resulted in large imbalances that didn’t exist.
Questioned on that point by Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Wayland, Carone became combative: “I know what I saw, and I signed something saying that if I’m wrong, I can go to prison. Did you?” she told him. Her testimony so lacked coherence that she actually drew audible laughter in the hall and this was Rudy’s star witness! This was also the hearing where Rudy clearly farted out loud while speaking, something hardly lost on later night talk show hosts that night.
I recall fall in the fall of 2001 when I was in graduate school watching the NY Yankees make their push to the World Series that year and taking such pride in seeing Mayor Giuliani being in the stands at the post season home games sporting an FDNY or NYPD Yankee cap in support of our team and the heroes of 9/11. That man has long perished and in his place is a babbling, morally bankrupt, fool getting literally laughed out of courtrooms.