Whatever reputation former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani still had coming into the presidency of Donald Trump has been squandered as he acts like a "crazy uncle" or "clown" on cable TV shows, writes a Washington Post columnist.
According to Dana Milbank, in a column entitled "Rudy Giuliani is the fool for our time" that cuts right to the chase, the man once known as "America's mayor" has little future ahead of him as a spokesperson for anything or as a go-to expert for legal insights.
"Rudy Giuliani started Tuesday in the manner Americans have come to expect of the president’s lawyer: He attacked former FBI director James Comey by tweeting a cartoon image of Bashful from Disney’s 'Snow White," Milbank wrote, before adding, "Giuliani deleted the tweet, and anyway, it’s not clear why he chose Bashful. Considering Giuliani’s recent antics, the character that comes to mind is Dopey."
"The 'fool' has been a dramatic fixture at least since Shakespeare scribbled, and Giuliani is the fool for our time," Milbank explained, "Occasionally he speaks accidental truths, but mostly he plays the clown. He’s America’s crazy uncle at a time when, according to a Wired tally, seven sets of prosecutors and investigators are pursuing at least 17 court cases involving Trump."
The Washington Post columnist then ticked off a large assortment of flops, gaffes and bizarre utterances before pointing out that Giuliani has also been a source of Trump information that has been extremely unhelpful for the president's standing.
"Giuliani announced that Trump reimbursed Cohen for hush money to a porn actress. But he seemed baffled when told Cohen had claimed it was his own money: 'He did?' Retreating, Giuliani said Trump wasn’t told about the payments, 'but even if he was told, he wouldn’t have remembered it.' Further backpedaling, Giuliani said, 'I’m not an expert on the facts' and issued a written statement 'to clarify the views I expressed over the past few days,'" Milbank recalled.
The columnist then brought up a recent Fox News interview Giuliani gave where he stated that President Trump would sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller, "over my dead body — but you know, I could be dead.”
"Perish the thought!" Milbank wrote. "We need Giuliani’s entertainment. But when he dies, there should be a memorable scene when he goes before the One Who Knows Truth."
'"I didn’t lie,' Giuliani will say, 'but even if I did, it wasn’t a crime to be Dopey,'" the column concluded.
You can read the whole piece here.