AP’s Lemire: Giuliani Fueled Trump’s Doubts About the Results of the 2020 Election
LEMIRE: “Now, granted, there are people in Trump’s orbit who blame Giuliani for getting Trump impeached the first time with the Ukraine conversations and pushing the leader there to investigate Joe Biden and his family, and certainly there are those around the former president who blame Giuliani’s role in whipping up a lot of the conspiracy theories about this past election. He certainly fueled Trump’s doubts about the legitimacy of the election, he, of course, was out there. We remember, infamously, some of the news conferences he held, including one where hair dye and sweat streaked down his face, and Trump sort of rewarded that loyalty. Like, there have been moments where Trump has been frustrated with Giuliani, believing that Rudy got ahead of himself and got Trump in trouble. But in Donald Trump's world, the most important thing any adviser can have os the willingness to go out there on a public stage, particularly on television, and defend Donald Trump. And Giuliani did that like no one else. So, there have been strains in the relationship, but they’re still close. And losing his law license may not matter that much. Sure, Giuliani did appear in courtrooms from time to time defending Trump, but his role was far more as a public relations lawyer, being out there in front of the cameras at news conferences. That's something he'll still be able to continue. Certainly, the step we saw yesterday and a potential disbarment, just a further fall from grace from someone who once was known as America's mayor."