On November 7, the day the presidential election was called for Joe Biden, former New York mayor turned Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani spoke to the media at a landscaping company between a sex shop and a crematorium on the industrial outskirts of Philadelphia.
For two weeks, as the Trump campaign continued to claim without evidence that the election was stolen, America wondered if Giuliani could possibly get past that.
Thursday, he gave a hell of a good try.
A day after his allegations of massive voter fraud collapsed in a Pennsylvania courtroom, Giuliani held another press conference, this time in a somewhat healthier environment, at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington DC. . But it didn’t go well.
First, while claiming that Republican poll observers had been too far away from polling stations in Philadelphia, a key claim from Trump in a vital condition that like others fell in Biden’s hands, Giuliani attempted to recite a scene from My Cousin Vinny, an Oscar-winning comedy. from 1992.
“Have you all looked at My Cousin Vinny?” Do you know the movie? It’s one of my favorite legal movies, because it’s from Brooklyn, ”he said.
Giuliani, who is also from Brooklyn, tried to sum up a key plot point of Jonathan Lynn’s film, in which Joe Pesci’s lawyer, until then out of depth in a murder trial, manages to discredit a key witness by proving his vision to be weakened.
“And when the nice lady said she saw…” Giuliani said, moving to a very rough approximation of Pesci’s Brooklyn accent. “And then he said to her,” How many fingers do I have … How many fingers do I hold up? And she says three. Oh, she was too far away to see that there were only two.
” These people [the poll observers] were further away than my cousin Vinny from the witness. They couldn’t see anything, ”he added, apparently drawing a line between the scene in the film and the claims about the problems faced by poll watchers in Philadelphia.
So far so surreal. But things got stickier.
As Giuliani sweated in front of reporters, streaks of what appeared to be dark hair dye began to trickle down his face. The internet noticed, of course, and the jokes and ridicule spread.
Worse for the Trump campaign, the audio stream of the press conference suddenly included unknown people asking “Can they hear us on the stream?” and discussing “Rudy’s hair dye dripping all over his face”.
Eventually, the stream was deleted. But Giuliani is nothing if not a soldier for Trump. After wiping the tarred streams, he raised his voice to make his point known to reporters in the room.
“I don’t know what you need to wake up, do your job, and educate Americans, like it or not, of the things they need to know!” he said. ” It’s real! It is not invented! There is no one here who indulges in fantasies.
After the former mayor walked away, continuing to wipe his forehead, Trump’s lawyer Sidney Powell a repris l’offensive.
She claimed to have identified “the massive influence of Communist money across Venezuela, Cuba and possibly China in interfering with our elections here in the United States.”
At this point, the unsubstantiated claim barely seemed bizarre.