Perhaps a cinematic example would help to explain.
Did you all watch My Cousin Winnie? “You know, the movie?” “Giuliani asked on Thursday. He was sweating in the cabin in the small foyer of the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill.” This is one of my favorite legal films because it comes from Brooklyn. “
About 100 journalists and hangers had crowded into this potential coronavirus incubator for a press conference on the perverse legal strategy of President Donald J.̵
“How many finguhs have I become?Giuliani said in the cab, performing a horrible Joe Pesci, from where he was questioning an elderly eyewitness with poor eyesight. Giuliani tried to analyze the allegations of Republican observers in polls that they said they were too far from counting the ballots to adequately follow them. Fifteen minutes later, as he described the election results as a “mass fraud,” black liquid began to flow slowly from each of his temples to his cheeks. It could have been sweating, liquefying hair dye, or sucking the black polymer out of his glasses. A Manhattan stylist told the New York Times he may have spiraled; perhaps Giuliani had applied it to touch the color of his sideburns.
A Trump adviser sent a message to a Washington Post reporter as the black stripes turned on Rudy’s joule: “Is it getting worse in real time?”
If Rudy gets worse, so does anyone who listens to him. For 90 minutes, a masked Rudy and four unmasked colleagues, an “elite strike force team,” according to senior legal counsel Jenna Ellis, spun a confusing web of conspiracies that show Trump has won the election he lost. They said a revolution was approaching.
“It’s 1775 of our generation,” said Sidney Powell, a member of the strike force who once appeared at Fox Business, claiming that an immigrant “invasion” spread “polio-like paralysis” among American children. She continued: “Globalists, dictators, corporations, you say – everyone is against us, except President Trump.”
Brendan Buck, former chief assistant to Paul D. Ryan (R), when Ryan was House spokesman, broadcast C-SPAN at his home in Northwest DC
“I imagine Trump is glued to it and just pushes it out,” Buck said.
“I love the president, I wanted him to win this election,” Geraldo Rivera would later tell Fox News. “What I saw with Rudy Giuliani, whom I have known for decades, was strange and out of focus.”
Chris Krebs, former director of the Agency for Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security, took to Twitter.
“This press conference was the most dangerous 1 hour and 45 minutes of television in American history,” wrote Krebs, who guaranteed the integrity of the election and was subsequently fired by Trump this week. “And maybe the craziest.”
Things are certainly the craziest right now. The president refuses to admit it. And Rudy is full of Rudy.
Some people in Trump’s campaign think Thursday’s press conference is a bad idea, although they neither stopped it nor wrote their names in the minutes, objecting to it. Other Trump officials, including campaign leader Bill Stepien, described Giuliani’s efforts as frivolous. Since becoming the president’s personal lawyer, Giuliani has clashed with White House chiefs of staff. Reince Priebus tried to block him from the Oval Office, John Kelly tried to never be in the room when Trump spoke to him, and former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told others that Giuliani was an albatross. time of impeachment. But Mark Meadows, the current chief of staff, said Giuliani was ready to fight aggressively on television. Campaigners said they had a broader, strategic legal plan to fight in different countries, but Giuliani convinced Trump that his advisers were misleading him. Trump was also cheeky, two campaign officials said his lawyers did not appear on television enough.
“I know crimes,” he told the cabinet on Thursday. “I can feel them.”
RNC employees did not participate in the organization of the event and wanted to distance themselves from it. Many stay away from their own headquarters; the committee’s chief of staff was infected with the new coronavirus and quarantined at home. Sean Spicer, a former RNC employee and White House press officer, was there, but only to gather material for his 18:00 broadcast on the conservative Newsmax website. Trump told his men, including RNC chairwoman Rona McDaniel, to take the signals from Rudy.
“This is Rudy’s show,” said a senior campaign official, describing why other party and campaign officials were not present.
Thursday’s setting in the RNC lobby – with a bust of Eisenhower and framed photos of Trump – was a little more formal than Rudy’s last show, a press conference held behind a landscaping company in an industrial site in Northeast Philadelphia near an adult video store and crematorium. . When asked why Giuliani was allowed to use the RNC lobby – and whether the RNC agreed to the former mayor’s wild claims – party spokesman Mike Reed refrained.
“There have been hundreds of reports of election irregularities across the country, and Americans deserve to be addressed,” Reed said, without specifying any (although last week, 16 U.S. attorneys said they sought and found no evidence of significant anomalies ). “We will continue to cover them with the Trump campaign so that Americans can have confidence in the outcome of free and fair elections, which we believe would be the same hope for Democrats and the media.”
After the sad spectacle at the landscaping company, many of Trump’s legal advisers withdrew; Corey Lewandowski contracted a coronavirus and Pam Bondi returned to Florida. That left a handful of striking teammates, including Giuliani, Powell and Ellis, who booked their TV hits without the campaign’s permission and told others that participating in television was key to success. Ellis has done little real legal work for the campaign, but often talks to the president, especially on issues related to voter fraud – although her opinion of Trump was very different in 2016, according to social media posts collected by CNN.
“Trump supporters are NOT CHOOSED by facts or logic,” Ellis posted on Facebook. in March of the same year. “They’re not looking for the truth.”
But on Thursday, she described herself as standing between law and lawlessness as she “defended President Trump.” She described the press conference as a simple “introductory speech” in the court of public opinion, which will be followed by additional legal action in courts across the country and a possible remedy in the electoral college.
“I would encourage all of you to go home and actually read Federalist 68 by Alexander Hamilton,” Ellis said in the booth. The United States elects a president “through the electoral college, not because it disenfranchises voters, but because it is a security mechanism for exactly the kind of corruption we uncover.”
However, Federalist 68 preceded the emergence of political parties and did not provide for state legislatures to certify voters based on the results of a nationwide vote, according to John Grieb, a professor at Franklin Pierce Law School at the University of New Hampshire. Nothing in № 68 justifies state legislation, for party reasons, certifying a different voter list than the one elected by the people.
Giuliani’s strategy is not aimed at winning legal arguments, Greabe theorizes. Rather, the aim is to lay the foundations for political intervention.
“This is a threat to our constitutional order that is being revealed at the moment,” Grieb said by telephone on Thursday.
After the press conference, Giuliani left the RNC headquarters, carrying a briefcase and wearing a MAGA trench coat and face mask. As he tossed to a waiting jeep, the first the mayor he was asked if his stunts undermined elections that were fair and accurate in all serious respects.
“On the contrary,” he said, led by the elbow of Bernard Kerrick, a former New York City police commissioner who was pardoned by Trump in February for eight convictions, including tax fraud and lying to White House officials.
While Giuliani was introduced, he made another statement without supporting evidence: “We are saving our democracy.”