Twenty years ago Rudy Giuliani was being hailed as “America’s mayor” after his ubiquitous presence on TV coverage of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks that brought down New York City’s World Trade Center, an event that changed the course of American history.
That history is unlikely to regard Giuliani’s next 20 years as favorably as that highlight of his mayoral career after his lamentable performance as Donald Trump’s advisor and confidant since the totally unqualified New York realtor and reality TV host announced his bid for the presidency.
Caught up in the palace intrigue of the Trump administration, the former New York City mayor wound up at the end of his patron’s failed election bid as a laughingstock, his face covered in dripping hair dye as he pontificated in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total landscaping in Philadelphia as he pushed the disgraced ex-president’s “Big Lie” of electoral malfeasance.
One could think that Giuliani could sink no lower — especially after the FBI raided his home and office to seize his electronic devices in their investigation of his potential illegal lobbying for foreign interests while serving as Trump’s personal attorney.
For Giuliani, the reaction to the assertion that he had hit rock bottom seems to have been “Hold my beer…and my scotch…and my martini” as he reached new depths with his apparently drunken appearance at a 9/11 memorial dinner last night.
Given his role on that fateful day and the ensuing weeks, it’s not unexpected that he would be invited to give a formal address at the event meant to commemorate the victims and first responders of the tragic attack.
That the former mayor would not have the decency to honor his commitment to give a speech while relatively sober was certainly not what the attendees at the dinner expected.
The hints that Giuliani might not be at a blood alcohol level that would allow him to legally drive came from the contents of his remarks wherein he viciously attacked Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, for the execution of the U.S. withdrawn from Afghanistan in a war that resulted from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“I wanted to grab his stars and shove it down his throat and say, ‘it’s 400 miles from China, a**hole! China is going to be our enemy for the next 40 years! You have an airbase 400 miles from them and you’re giving it up? Idiot! What the hell is wrong with you? Who pays you? Christ!”
It was the scotch-loving former mayor’s comments about the UK’s Prince Andrew and his sodden vocal imitation of Queen Elizabeth — while claiming that the British monarch had offered him a knighthood which he refused — that convinced some people that Giuliani had been hitting the bottle.
“I know Prince Andrew is very questionable now. I never went out with him. Ever! Never had a drink with him, never was with a woman or young girl with him. Ever, ever, ever,” Giuliani doth protested, albeit too much in some eyes.
Once video of Giuliani’s speech became available, former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski posted a clip to Twitter that included a comment questioning whether he had ever witnessed anyone “give a speech at a formal occasion as drunk as Rudy Giuliani is right now at the 9/11 dinner.”
I’m not sure I have ever seen someone give a speech at a formal occasion as drunk as Rudy Giuliani is right now at the 9/11 dinner. pic.twitter.com/54G5oCuBe3
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) September 12, 2021
Filipkowski’s tweet wasn’t the only online ridicule that the disbarred and allegedly unpaid personal attorney to Donald Trump faced yesterday.
Another viral post juxtaposed a quote from Giuliani about Hillary Clinton’s alleged absence from the scene at Ground Zero on 9/11 with a photo of him at the scene with Hillary standing directly behind him.
Now that the 20th anniversary of 9/11 is complete, it would be advisable for the FBI to speed up their investigation of the allegedly alcoholic disbarred lawyer and move to an indictment and trial as soon as possible.
Rudy Giuliani’s liver will likely thank you.
Original reporting by Ron Filipkowski.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.