So much happened over the weekend in the election that was so major and so nuts that there was almost too much too write about, and do so with any detail to make sense of it. And so I was considering just throwing my hands up in the air and saying, "Okay, world, you're on your own with this one."
The simplest way to deal with it was a Tweet I sent out that basically said, "Between Trump's oligarch loans, Manafort's Russian ties, and Ivanka vacationing with Putin's girlfriend, this is so cartoonish that John Le Carre wouldn't touch it."
(By the way, I don't think there's anything inherently horrible about Donald Trump's daughter vacationing with someone she's likely friends with -- assuming they were vacationing. But the issue to me is that she's supposed to be one of her father's trusted advisers. Someone he's bizarrely said could be on his cabinet. And her actions here are so totally braindead clueless, because images do matter. If you want to vacation with a friend (assuming it was a vacation), you wait three months. Besides, why are you taking a vacation in the middle of a presidential election?? So, if this is someone Donald Trump is getting some of his top advice from, then no wonder his campaign is collapsing.
And of course, that doesn't even come close to touch on the stories of Paul Manafort and his money laundering in Russia, and the connections this all raises with him and Donald Trump. Imagine for a moment that this was with Hillary Clinton. Forget the outrage from Republicans -- they would be ending their recess today and already calling together the congressional hearings.
But all those are random thoughts, and as I said, nothing that I was going to get into detail on today, and that I didn't plan to write about the election today because we all need a safety valve on occasion.
But then this happened.
And even with this, I hesitate writing about it out of fear of anyone's head exploding. But with that forewarning, I’ll chance it.
Are you aware of this from Rudy Giuliani? A friend sent it to me earlier this afternoon, so I suspect you have by now. And I swear it’s true – I swear it, in fact there is video on the linked website of Giuliani making this speech today in Youngstown, Ohio, before Donald Trump and actually saying it. Actually saying it. This…is…true.
But it’s Rudy Giuliani claiming that – I’m sorry, I almost can’t even type this, it’s that insane – claiming that there were…NO successful Islamic terrorist on the U.S. before Obama!!!
Really. There’s video. I’m not joking.
Oh, just freaking dear, good Lord.
Honestly, even though I believed my friend when he sent me the note, I still had to check out the link because it's too insane. And even though I read the article, I still had to check the video to see if THEY misinterpreted. But...but...he says it. He says it on tape.
And while this would be insane for ANYONE to say...for Rudy freaking 9/11 Giuliani to say it...?????????? The man of whom Joe Biden quipped, "There’s only three things he mentions in a sentence — a noun, a verb, and 9/11. There’s nothing else! There’s nothing else!”
This is like someone asking Edgar Bergan to discuss his career and success and not mentioning Charlie McCarthy.
Psychotic or ignorant or venal or senile or nuts doesn't even describe this. It's manic and inexplicable. I've read other people try to explain but any effort fails. The best word to describe it is absurd. And how do you explain absurd? How do you explain the Jabberwocky? This is Lewis Carroll territory.
What's espeicially interesting to note when watching the video is that Giuliani pauses a couple of times before saying the actual words, almost as if his inner soul is fighting him not to say the words. But he says them.
We keep thinking that Donald Trump can’t say something more insanely offensive than he already has, yet he always seems to find a way. But Rudy Giuliani may have topped him.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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