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—Rudy Giuliani in 2019[2]
Conservatives all nodded when Rudy Giuliani said, “I do not believe that President Obama loves America.” As opposed to Giuliani, who happened to be mayor on 9/11, so that made him America’s Mayor, a hero whose great act of heroism was “nothing fell on his head.” To paraphrase Donald Trump, I like mayors who don't let towers collapse.
Bill Maher[3]
—Giuliani defending his client, Donald Trump on NBC[4]

Rudolph "Rudy" Giuliani[5] (1944–) is a decrepit former Republican Mayor of New York City, one-time World Hero, one of the more hopeless candidates in the 2008 Presidential election, shameless shill and ratfucker for Donald Trump and indicted criminal. Before 9/11, he was best-known for dressing up in drag bringing down the Mafia commission. He also used to be married to his cousin.[6]

Like a bad case of groin rash, he resurfaces every 4 years to pontificate about America-haters.[7]


Giuliani ordinarily wouldn't have stood a chance in such a heavily Democratic city, but a combination of a sky-high crime rate and ridiculous corruption in the state Democratic Party in the early 1990s meant there was something of an appetite for change. But even then, he would likely have gone down in flames but for a ballot initiative on Staten Island secession that year; this drew an unusual number of voters from said borough (which is somewhat more Republican-leaning than the rest of the city) and led him to a narrow victory over incumbent David Dinkins.

Giuliani was essentially a fiscal conservative, but was socially liberal on issues such as abortion and gay rights (he started as a Democrat and has only been a Republican since the 1980s). Under his stewardship, the gentrification of New York City began in earnest. While some unambiguously good things came of this, notably his breaking the nearly century-long stranglehold organized crime had on the Fulton Fish Market,Wikipedia Giuliani told his officers to ramp up the use of force against vagrants, street vendors, and streetwalkers, even arresting them for jaywalking. Even the thing he gets the most universal credit for, getting the infamous squeegee men off the streets (which actually was was a significant problem on many levels), really happened months before he took office and (by his own admission) had nothing to do with him.

He wasn't well-liked, and after a string of sex scandals and the unprovoked shooting of Amadou Diallo — in which NYPD officers unloaded 41 bullets on an immigrant outside his home (all four officers walked) — he knew he would never be remembered as one of the great mayors.

Then 9/11 happened. Rudy was a media darling for a while,[8] and his book became a best-seller. Then he decided to run for President and remind everyone why they disliked him. Regrettably, his campaign was hijacked by the American Taliban, morphing him into a kind of proto-Palin. Since then, he's stopped talking sense altogether, endorsing all manner of far-right fundie nutcases.


There's only three things he mentions in a sentence: A noun, a verb, and 9/11.
Joe Biden

You kind of feel bad for him because cancer took away a senate seat that should've been his. And the sad thing is, he could've been President if the election were held in the days after the WTC attacks. The proffered seat denied was what darkened Rudy's soul and convinced him to milk 9/11 as the basis of his career.

It wasn't just the cancer that made him drop out of the senate race. He also had an affair with Judy Rankin and then publicly put his wife through the wringer in the divorce process. So… the sympathy only goes so far there.

Why he should never be president[edit]

Freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.[9][10]

This may be contrasted with Benjamin Franklin's famous quote:

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.[11]

During the 2008 campaign, Rudy wanted to use "Rudie Can't Fail" by The Clash as his theme song. A rudie is a "rude boy", Jamaican and British slang for young Jamaicans who are stereotyped as irresponsible hoodlums. "Rudie Can't Fail" is a punk-reggae song celebrating said irresponsible living.

His strategy for the election was to do nothing until Florida voted. And crowing about how he single-highhandedly saved the world on 9/11. (Continuously.) Unfortunately, that didn't work at all.[12] In fact, it ended up with Giuliani becoming one of the first candidates to drop from the race, which he did on January 30, 2008. Moral: Don't ignore Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Wyoming, and South Carolina, even if they are the "flyovers".

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here[edit]

After dropping out, Giuliani endorsed McCain, possibly to try and angle for the VP slot (which didn't happen). Later, in a feeble attempt to try for both President and Vice-President, Giuliani and another also-ran decided to make trouble at the Democratic National Convention:[13] They established an on-site "war room" to grab media attention and spew nonsense about the Obama campaign. Just like their respective campaigns, this was a laughable failure.

That which is not alive cannot die[edit]

So when [Trump] first announced it, he said, "Muslim ban." He called me up. He said, "Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally."

Giuliani never gives up, evidenced by the fact that it was possible to contribute to his 2008 primary bid some time after the election.[15]

Ghoulinani's name came up in speculations about Trump's pick for Attorney General, or even Secretary of State. They have Rudy on tape talking about having tricks up their sleeve and laughing maniacally two days before the FBI letter blew Hillary Clinton's campaign out of the water.[16] In addition, Rudy has Putin connections.[17] Trump didn't appreciate Rudy almost blowing their cover and gave him the axe. "It didn't work out," said Rudy, wistfully looking at a phone which never rings.[18]

Well, at least he's not keeping butt-dialing Rudy[19] on in a "cybersecurity" job — excuse me? [whispers] …what? [whispers] Oh for fuck's sake.[20][21][22]

Rudy the ratfucker[edit]

Giuliani finally wormed his way into an actual position (sort of) in the Trump Administration when it was announced in April 2018 that he would be the new lead counsel on the team representing Trump in the ongoing federal probe into Russia's election interference.[23] While working as Trump's attorney, Giuliani admitted that he has not registered as a lobbyist for foreign governments, a violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), which can result in a 5-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine, though it is rarely prosecuted.[24] Giuliani has clients from Brazil and Colombia.[24] More alarmingly, Giuliani represents the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, whose mayor belongs to the pro-Russia Party of Regions, as well as the Mujahideen-e-Khalq,Wikipedia which advocates the violent overthrow of the Iranian government.[24]

A whistleblower came forward in September 2019 reporting that Trump himself and, through his lawyer, Giuliani, had been attempting to put Trump's personal interests before that of the United States,[25] an impeachable offense.[26] In defending the actions to get Ukraine to meddle in the 2020 US presidential election on behalf of Trump, Giuliani insinuated that the whistleblower is part of the deep state conspiracy theory.[27]

During the years of the Donald Trump administration, and particularly during the time of the Trump-Ukraine scandal (when Giuliani was attempting to acquire "dirt" on Hunter Biden in order to ratfuck Joe Biden in the 2020 election), Giuliani started accumulating acquaintances with many shady politicians and other unsavory types, particularly Russia-friendly figures from Ukraine.[note 1] In October 2019, two Soviet-born associates of Giuliani, Lev ParnasWikipedia and Igor Fruman,Wikipedia were arrested in America for campaign finance violations.[29][note 2] Parnas ran a scam company fittingly named "Fraud Guarantee", which paid Giuliani $500,000.[31] By 2020, with the presidential election coming up, many other shady characters were known to be in Giuliani's orbit — names like Andriy DerkachWikipedia (a Russian agent and troll), Kostyantyn Kulyk (a military prosecutor charged but never convicted of corruption, with ties to a Ukrainian warlord working for Russian intelligence), Oleksandr Onsychchenko (a Russia gas industry tycoon who fled his native country when accused of embezzlement), Dmitry FirtashWikipedia (an energy tycoon with deep ties to the Kremlin who was wanted in the United States on bribery and racketeering charges), Ihor KolomoiskyWikipedia (a banking tycoon known for financing Russia-supported mercenary troops in the East Ukraine), and Andriy Telizhenko (previously known for trolling PoliticoWikipedia with bullshit that Ukraine had interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Hillary Clinton's behalf, a claim that was later debunked).[32][33] The aim of this group was clearly to play interference in the 2020 presidential election, on Donald Trump's behalf.

On September 10, 2020, Derkach was sanctioned by the US Treasury for attempting to interfere with the election.[34] Kulyk, Onyshchenko, and Telizhenko got sanctions slapped on them from the US Treasury for the same reason on January 11, 2021.[35]

As part of a criminal investigation connected to Giuliani's dealings with Ukraine, on April 28, 2021, the New York Times reported that federal investigators in Manhattan executed search warrants at Giuliani's home and office.[36] A search warrant was also instigated at the home of Victoria Toensing,Wikipedia a lawyer close to Giuliani who had also represented Firtash.[36]

Miscellaneous bigotry[edit]

As ex-NYC mayor, one would think that Giuliani would have some rapport with Jewish voters, but no he hates the Jewish religion ("They want to go through that freaking Passover all the time,” he said. “Get over the Passover. It was like 3,000 years ago. OK, the Red Sea parted. Big deal. Not the first time that happened.").[37] Never mind that Giuliani's own religion hasn't gotten over something that allegedly happened 2,000 years ago. Giuliani also gratuitously uses homophobic slurs in private ("Matt Damon is a fag.").[37]

Rudy the insane insurrection inciter[edit]

What they [Giuliani and Sidney Powell] were proposing I thought was nuts. You know, the theory was also completely nuts, right? I mean, it was a combination of Italians and Germans. I mean, different things have been floating around as to who was involved. I remember Hugo Chávez and the Venezuelans. She [Powell] has an affidavit from somebody who says they wrote a software in and something with the Philippines, just all over the radar.
—Eric Herschmann, Trump White House lawyer[38]

In late 2020, "America's mayor", having been exposed to the Donald Trump virus, went completely insane.

  • October 5, 2020: Giuliani goes on Fox News and engages in science denialism, by ranting nonsensical, incorrect information about the science on using facial masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. (In an ironic twist, Giuliani is coughing throughout the interview.)[39]
  • October 14, 2020: The New York Post publishes a story alleging that Hunter BidenWikipedia (son of 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden) dropped off a laptop at a Delaware computer store for repair and that the device contained nefarious emails and photos. The repairman purportedly gave a copy of the hard drive to Giuliani, who then provided information to the Post. Upon further examination, though, the story smelled of bullshit, with Giuliani and others in the Trump circle unable to present any evidence to Giuliani's outrageous claims, such as a claim that the hard drive contained "numerous pictures of underage girls”. (Making outrageous claims with zero evidence was going to be a major motif of Giuliani in the months to come.) Media interviews with the repairman in question revealed a very nervous man, with conflicting stories and bizarre references to the Seth Rich conspiracy theory. As a result, no major media outlet or social media company gave much credibility to the story, a wise choice considering how bad the New York Post has fucked up in the pastWikipedia and how quickly Giuliani's credibility was declining.[40][41][42][43] Even longtime journalists at the New York Post wanted nothing to do with this bullshit.[44] Some intelligence experts believe that this attempted story was actually Russian disinformation propagated through a Ukrainian lawmaker named Andriy DerkachWikipedia who had been in contact with Giuliani at least two times prior to the "story" breaking.[45]
  • October 23, 2020: Satirist and prankster Sacha Baron CohenWikipedia releases his second film using his "Borat"Wikipedia character, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.Wikipedia The most shocking scene in the film comes when Giuliani is shown in a hotel bedroom with actress Maria BakalovaWikipedia (who played Borat's daughter Tutar in the film, and is impersonating a journalist in the scene). During the scene, Giuliani laid down on the bed and shoved his hands in his pants, with some suggesting that he might have been fondling himself.[46][47]
  • November 3, 2020: Election day for the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
  • November 7, 2020: Joe Biden wins the 2020 U.S. presidential election.[48]
  • November 7, 2020: In response, Giuliani arranges a press conference at the Four Seasons. This, unexpectedly, did not refer to a location of the Four Seasons hotel chain.Wikipedia Instead, this referred to Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Northeast Philadelphia, a landscaping business in an industrial area located near a sex shop, a crematorium, and a jail.[49]
  • November 14, 2020: Donald Trump puts Giuliani in charge of all election lawsuits speculating that (fanciful) massive fraud took place and that (in contrast to reality) Donald Trump should be president.[50]
  • November 19, 2020: Knowing of no rational argument that would align with Trump's demented worldview, in a news conference on November 19, Giuliani spins up a wild conspiracy theory that "votes (were) counted in Germany and in Spain by a company owned by affiliates of Chavez and MaduroWikipedia". The conspiracy theory espoused by Giuliani refers to voting machines made by Smartmatic,Wikipedia a company started by engineers born in Venezuela but founded in Boca Raton, FloridaWikipedia in 2000. Smartmatic voting machines were only used in one county in the 2020 election (Los Angeles CountyWikipedia), making the claim seem bizarre even at face value. Giuliani then brought up that Smartmatic's chairman "is a close associate and business partner of George Soros, the biggest donor to the Democrat Party, the biggest donor to antifa and the biggest donor to Black Lives Matter." It is no secret that Smartmatic's current chairman, Lord Baron Malloch-Brown,Wikipedia is involved with Soros's Open Society Foundations;Wikipedia it is also no secret that these well-trodden tropes of Soros funding Antifa and BLM, popular in conservative conspiracy land, are false.[51][52][53][54][55] As an added bonus, during the conference, Giuliani's hair dye (or some other form of makeup) melted and ran down his face, leaving many professional hairstylists aghast.[56][57]
  • November 21, 2020: Giuliani turned up in a Pennsylvania courtroom to personally argue one of his ridiculous fraud lawsuits, only to have District Judge Matthew BrannWikipedia completely eviscerate it. This is just the beginning of the Trump legal team's spectacular losing streak in court.[58]
  • November 21, 2020: An affidavit Giuliani cited during the November 19 press conference that claimed that there were several precincts in Michigan with over-votes ("of 150%, 200%, and 300%", as Giuliani claimed), was found to be using Minnesota county names.[59]
  • December 1-2, 2020: On November 10th, a woman named Melissa Carone filed an affidavit that as a "contractor for Dominion Voting SystemsWikipedia" she "witnessed nothing but fraudulent actions take place".[60] This was enough for Giuliani to tap her as a "star witness" at a Michigan House and Michigan Senate Oversight Committees panel on Trump's baseless fraud allegations in early December. The allegations, delivered loudly in a sputtering, slapdash, conspiracy theory-oriented manner, were easily deemed "not credible" by a Wayne CountyWikipedia judge two days later.[61][62] Her loud, eccentric performance went viral and earned widespread speculation on social media that she was drunk the entire hearing.[63] On December 28, 2020, Dominion Voting Systems filed a strongly-worded cease-and-desist letter against Carone, calling her claims “outlandish” and warning her that “litigation regarding these issues is imminent.”.[64]
  • December 7, 2020: After spending more than 10 hours in a PhoenixWikipedia hotel ballroom with more than a dozen Arizona Republican lawmakers, maskless and not social distancing like one should when in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Giuliani is admitted to the hospital with COVID-19, causing the Arizona legislature to panic and abruptly shut down for a week.[65]
  • December 13, 2020: The tally of the Gish gallop of lawsuits alleging electoral fraud by Giuliani and other Trump allies at this date: 1 win, 59 losses.[66]
  • December 18, 2020, days after the Electoral College had certified Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, a group of high-level kooks showed up at the White House. The kooks were were not officially invited, but were let in by a junior staffer and gained access to Trump anyway. The kooks included Giuliani, conspiracy theorist Patrick Byrne, Trump's bogus election fraud lawyer Sidney Powell, felon/Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, and others. What ensued was a prolonged and heated exchange between the kooks and White House lawyers. The kooks managed to convince Trump that by various connivances the election could be overturned even though they knew this would have been illegal and/or unconstitutional. Trump was convinced by the kooks and sent out the notorious "be there, will be wild" tweet in the early morning hours of the 19th, setting the stage for incitement of the coup attempt on January 6th, 2021.[67]
  • January 6, 2021: Famously, this was the day of the amateurish attempted coup from various Donald Trump cultists. Before the attempted coup, Giuliani riled up the crowd by telling the protesters that there should be a "trial by combat" to settle the election.[68] (Could this be... insurrection?Wikipedia Joe Scarborough fucking thinks so!)[69]
  • January 8, 2021: Giuliani appears on Steve Bannon's "War Room" YouTube channel and blames the coup he incited... on "fascists" in the "Democrat party". Since Bannon's "War Room" had been in trouble with YouTube before for advocating violence, this projecting bullshit was enough to get YouTube to permanently boot Bannon off of their platform.[70][71]
  • January 25, 2021: Dominion Voting Systems, tired of Giuliani's bullshit over their product, sued Giuliani for defamation, seeking $1.3 billion in damages.[72]
  • March 5, 2021: House representative Eric SwalwellWikipedia (D-CA) also tires of Giuliani's bullshit and sues Giuliani (along with Donald Trump and Mo Brooks) for allegedly inciting the Capitol riot.[73]
  • September 11, 2021: On the 20th anniversary of his greatest moment in the spotlight, Giuliani shows just how far he has fallen from that peak by giving a rambling, nearly-incoherent speech (that had many on social media question if he was severely intoxicated) at his annual dinner commemorating the anniversary of 9/11. During the speech, he bizarrely strung multiple non sequitur topics together, ranging from bad Queen Elizabeth impersonations, to out of nowhere denying that he "never had a drink with" or "was with a woman or a young girl with" Prince AndrewWikipedia (only to backtrack a short bit later and admit that he has met him a couple times), to taking confused vulgar potshots at Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.Wikipedia[74]
  • January 21, 2022: Reports emerged that Giuliani, with the help of the Trump administration (and even an anchor from One America News Network), was the primary coordinator in December 2020 of a campaign to steal the election by disrupting the Electoral CollegeWikipedia process. Specifically, the scheme was to have illegitimate electors from seven battleground states that Joe Biden won sign fake certificates falsely claiming that Donald Trump was the victor and attempt (and fail) to persuade governors to sign the bogus certificate, or put pressure on Vice President Mike Pence that no winner could be declared in these states due to the existence of these bogus certificates. The scheme was quite clearly bullshit, enough so that several of the appointed Trump electors refused to go along with the plan, forcing the campaign to replace them with other willing stooges.[75][76]

According to a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Giuliani by Dominion Voting Systems, all of his conspiracist bullshit-pushing was only a means to the end of selling product.[77] Giuliani has become a product 'influencer' and has been hawking gold coins, silver, nutritional supplements, cigars, a "conservative alternative" to AARP, and protection from 'cyber thieves'.[77] Yes, Mr. Kremlin wants to protect you from cybercriminals.

Due to the multiple false statements Giuliani made about the 2020 U.S. presidential election, on June 24, 2021, a New York state appeals court suspended Giuliani's license to practice law in that state.[78][79]

Some time after Trump lost the election, probably in January 2021, Giuliani requested but did not receive a presidential pardon, presumably for unspecified criminal acts.[80]


The above attempts to overturn an election? Totally illegal. Trump and Giuliani were indicted in August 2023 alongside 17 co-conspirators for their involvement in the conspiracy to circumvent the democratic process in Georgia.[81] Ironically, considering that he used RICO charges to bring down the New York Mafia when he was a prosecutor, Giuliani is now charged with RICO offences among others.[82][83] He was not amused by this fact.[84]

On April 24 2024, Giuliani was also indicted for his involvement in the conspiracy to circumvent the democratic process in Arizona. Giuliani tried to stonewall being served the indictment for as long as possible, evading agents for weeks. On May 17 2024, Giuliani even sent a taunting message over Twitter to Arizona authorities demanding (without any legal reasoning whatsoever) that they dismiss the indictment if they could not find him by the following day. That evening, at his 80th birthday party in Palm Beach, Florida, Giuliani was PWNED by Arizona agents and was formally served with the indictment.[85][86]

Rudy the vilifier[edit]

"I will go to my grave knowing that Rudy Giuliani looked the state senators in the eye and just flat-out lied"
—Republican senior Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling[87]

As part of Donald Trump's Big Lie, Giuliani helped concoct a conspiracy theory concerning two Black poll workers, Wandrea "Shaye" Moss and her mother Ruby Freeman, both who took a temporary job to help count Fulton County, GeorgiaWikipedia ballots in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The conspiracy theory falsely claimed that cherry-picked video footage showed that the two poll workers were actively stuffing ballots from "suitcases" hidden under a table covered by a black cloth. In reality, the "suitcases" were repeatedly identified by election officials as the standard boxes used in Fulton County to transport and store ballots. In addition, the full surveillance feed showed no irregularities. That didn't stop the Trump campaign from broadcasting their bullshit claim on One America News Network that the two women were "professional vote scammers", "hustlers", and known political operatives who "stuffed the ballot box". The false claim spread to other fake news outlets such as the Gateway Pundit, which doxxed the names of the women.[88][87] In a December 10 hearing of Georgia lawmakers, Giuliani directly (falsely) accused the two poll workers of hacking into Georgia's voting machines while passing USB thumb drives between them "as if they're vials of heroin and cocaine".[87]

Giuliani also conspired about an incident that occurred at the location where these particular ballots were being counted, State Farm Arena.Wikipedia On Election Day, ballot counting was delayed, as the floor of the room where mail-in ballots were being processed was drenched from a ceiling leak. According to Giuliani's conspiracy theory, this leak was designed to clear observers and media from the voting area so Freeman and Moss could go "about their dirty, crooked business". In reality, the leak was caused by an overflowed urinal.[87]

Due to the above false smear campaign, Moss and Freeman were subject to multiple deluges of harassing emails, phone calls, and text message threatening them with violence and engaging in racist taunts. Strangers were even showing up at Freeman's house, as Freeman's home address had been posted on Parler. This forced Freeman to flee to an undisclosed safe location.[87]

On December 2021, Freeman and Moss filed a defamation lawsuit against both Giuliani and One America News Network.[89] (Freeman and Moss also had filed a defamation lawsuit against Gateway Pundit earlier that year.)

On December 15 2023, a jury held that Giuliani indeed did defame Moss and Freeman, and awarded the two women $148 million in damages.[90] This led him to declare bankruptcy.

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  1. A full timeline on the long shady details regarding this scandal can be found at[28]
  2. Fruman pleaded guilty on September 10, 2021 to illegally funnelling foreign donations into US political campaigns, as part of an effort to win licenses in the booming legal marijuana business.[30]


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    In reality, we have plenty of reasons to worry. Before Rudy Giuliani was named Donald Trump's official presidential cybersecurity adviser, the former New York City mayor had made a number of things crystal clear about his intentions toward hackers and the cybersecurity industry. For one, he'd been pretty up front about the fact that he got into cybersecurity dealmaking for the money.

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  83. Rudy Giuliani jailed mobsters with a charge he now faces (August 15, 2023) BBC News.
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