The hair coloring melting down the sides of his face while he declared long-dead Venezuelan caudillo Hugo Chavez caused President Donald Trump’s election defeat made one thing clear — Rudy Giuliani is no longer “America’s Mayor.”
The accolade Giuliani earned for his calm fortitude in leading New York City after the September 11, 2001 attacks has dissolved in a series of increasingly bizarre claims that Democrats, the media, and yes, the late Venezuelan dictator, had robbed Trump of reelection.
His press conference Thursday, pushing election conspiracy theories without any evidence, was Giuliani’s latest audacious, fact-shy display on behalf of Trump, who lost the November 3 election to Democrat Joe Biden but refuses to concede defeat.
“We cannot allow these crooks, because that’s what they are, to steal an election from the American people. They elected Donald Trump. They didn’t elect Joe Biden,” Giuliani said, ignoring Biden’s nearly six million vote margin over Trump.
The Republican governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, called the press conference a “train wreck.”
And Chris Krebs, the head of US election security recently fired by Trump, called it “the most dangerous 1hr 45 minutes of television in American history. And possibly the craziest.”
– $20,000 a day? –
According to the New York Times this week, Giuliani had asked to be paid $20,000 a day for his performances on behalf of Trump — though the same report said it was unclear how much compensation he would ultimately receive.
Money aside, Robert Polner, editor of a book on Giuliani, says that the once-feared federal prosecutor then New York mayor has always been a “restless political opportunist” for whom credibility was not a priority.
The 9/11 attacks set Giuliani up for bigger things, with one writer comparing his response to Winston Churchill.
But that may have been Giuliani’s finest hour.
He set his sights on a White House run in 2008, but a questionable primary strategy failed, as did his leaning on his September 11 credentials without developing a broader platform.