MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews was in rare form last night when he relentlessly questioned former New York mayor and now Trump waterboy Rudy Giuliani into oblivion over his candidate’s birtherism.
“Mr. Mayor. is the President of the United States legitimate or not?,” Matthews demanded. “Do you believe it? If you believe it, why doesn’t your candidate state it?”
Giuliani meekly muttered, “I believe it. He believes it. We all believe it.”
But Matthews wasn’t satisfied:
He does? Are you speaking for him now? Are you speaking for Donald Trump tonight, on live television? Are you saying for him, I’m saying he’s about to buckle and say finally, that Barack Obama is a legitimate President of the United States?”
The former mayor blathered some bullsh*t about how Trump “got him to finally produce the birth certificate,” just before Matthews took that nonsense and kicked it straight out the window, then once again dragged Giuliani back on topic.
“Can you commit to your candidate saying within the next 24 hours that President Obama’s a legitimate president? Can you commit for him that he will say that?,” he pressed.
“He has said it already. and the fact is –”
“No, he hasn’t,” Matthews interrupted. “You are wrong on the facts here, Mr. Mayor.”
Matthews was like a dog chewing on a meaty bone as he absolutely would not allow Giuliani to wiggle out of answering his questions. So Giuliani tried another tactic, he deflected the blame for Trump’s birtherism onto Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“That issue was raised originally by Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” he charged, presumably referencing the former secretary of state’s 2008 presidential bid.
But Matthews didn’t miss a beat, informing the former mayor that his producers had a feeling he’d say that so they did some fact checking (Republicans really hate that btw).
“We checked this before you came on because one of our senior producers thought you might say this,” Matthews said. “There is absolutely no record ever of Hillary Clinton or anyone in her campaign ever saying that President Obama is not legitimate.”
Facts be damned, said Giuliani.
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“I’m not wrong. I’m right about that,” a childishly stubborn Giuliani responded.
Watching Giuliani go from the hero mayor of 9/11 to a professional Trump troll is a sad sight to behold. Despite what he said to Matthews, he recently defended Trump’s decision not to apologize about his birtherism stating that “if everyone apologized for all the things they said in politics, all we would be doing…is apologizing.”
Well, Mr. Mayor that’s what adults do when they realize they’re wrong. They address their mistake and apologize.
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