CNN’s John Avlon, who for years worked as a speechwriter for one-time New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, said that his former boss is wrecking his own legacy by becoming a national laughingstock on behalf of President Donald Trump.
During the segment, CNN hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota read an excerpt of a new Giuliani interview in which he admitted some anxiety about whether his work for Trump would overshadow his tenure as New York’s mayor.
“I am afraid it will be on my gravestone: ‘Rudy Giuliani: He lied for Trump,'” Giuliani said. “Somehow, I don’t think that will be it. But, if it is, so what do I care? I’ll be dead.”
Reacting to this, Avlon lamented that Giuliani is not taking care of his legacy as he should be.
“One, Rudy’s always had a fatalistic streak when it comes to his legacy,” Avlon said. “He has an exemplary record as mayor of New York and hasn’t taken a lot of care focusing on that legacy. He’s been all-in for his client, the president of the United States. I think Rudy has done himself a disservice and his legacy disservice being so all-in.”
Avlon then said that Giuliani’s reputation as a first-rate lawyer had also taken a hit thanks to his advocacy for the president.
“He’s not parsing his words carefully, certainly not as a former prosecutor,” he said. “He is sort of saying whatever is coming to his mind because he’s gotten very used to playing the court of public opinion.”
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