• December 7, 2021

Rudy Giuliani did an interview to counter his declining reputation, but confirmed it.

When Russo mentioned how Giuliani seemed to have wasted what had been a mountain of goodwill after 9/11, Rudy probably said the only true thing he said throughout the interview: “I am aware of that. And what happened is, our country has been derailed … I am exactly the same person. Them change!” That’s true. Or at least, it’s half true. Things have not changed enough; people like Giuliani are still out of jail, but Rudy is actually the same insecure and self-absorbed braggart he always was.

For many Americans, Giuliani rose to consciousness as mayor of New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While Giuliani was vilified by most eastern coasters who grew up watching him, he received the praise one receives for not simply breaking down in tears and running away when the Twin Towers were destroyed. But from that moment on, Giuliani promote the mythology of the Republican Party while trying to stay aboard the sinking Conservative ship, and made a lot of (dubious?) money doing it. In fact, before the last two years, Giuliani’s lack of character and megalomania led him to lie so grotesquely that it is difficult for most people to remember that he was once elected to office somewhere.

As for the investigation into his dealings with Ukraine, Giuliani says that it is all persecution and that he has been willing to play with investigators for a long time, but, “But they are not pleasant.” Michael Wolff’s new book, Collapse: The Final Days of Trump’s Presidency, it was full of harsh implications for Giuliani’s relationship with alcohol. Wolff told MSNBC’s Brian Williams last month that in his research for the book he found many people willing to talk about Rudy’s carelessness in front of the camera. replicated behind the scenes:

MICHAEL WOLFF: Well the first thing you need to know is that he’s drinking all the time, ‘Wolff said. “He’s – you know, if not constantly drunk, certainly buzzed, throughout this entire period – actually probably for most of the Trump administration. Beyond that, he’s a desperate figure. Desperate. He will do anything to be in. downtown If that means saying something Trump wants to hear, he certainly will. As we’ve seen. And again, everyone in the White House, on the campaign trail, in the Trump family knows that it is incredibly destructive to the Trump White House. Many. of them blame Rudy, even more than they blame the president, although they all blame the president for the past four years.

In April, former Trump agent Michael Cohen said CNN’s Alisyn Camerota who Rudy drinks too much. Rudy behaves so erratically that … who knows what’s on those phones or on his computers? “The Washington Post reported last month on Election Night and how Giuliani possibly came up with the basic idea that Donald should simply say that he won all the states he had not won, for a just cause:

One Trump confidant who mostly stayed out of the Map Room was Rudolph W. Giuliani. That’s because the president’s personal attorney had set up his own command center upstairs on the party floor. Giuliani sat at a table in the Red Room with his son, Andrew, who worked at the White House in the Office of Public Liaison, staring intently at a laptop and observing the vote counts. The Giulianis created a strange scene, as the partygoers swarmed around them. After a while, Rudy Giuliani started causing a stir. He was telling other guests that he had come up with a strategy for Trump and that he was trying to break into the president’s private chambers to tell them about it. Some people thought Giuliani may have been drinking too much and suggested that Stepien go talk to the former mayor of New York. Stepien, Meadows, and Jason Miller took Giuliani into a room next to the map room to listen to him.

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Giuliani’s grand plan was to simply say that Trump won, state after state, based on nothing. Stepien, Miller, and Meadows thought their argument was incoherent and irresponsible.

Giuliani tells Russo that this is all bullshit. He doesn’t drink too much, in fact he’s pretty sure he’s never been drunk while being interviewed. “I don’t think he ever did an interview drunk. I mean, I drink normally. I like scotch, I drink scotch.” Scottish? Good news: you can’t get drunk on whiskey unless you drink it! But more importantly, Giuliani wants you to know that he is not an alcoholic: “I am a functional, I probably function more effectively than 90 percent of the population.”

It probably depends on the “population” you are talking about. If you’re talking about corrupt MAGA-like mediocrities like Donald Trump Jr., Rudy is probably right.

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