“He” is, of course, President Donald Trump. And everyone is, yes, everyone – but in this case Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, who in recent years has risen to prominence as the president’s personal lawyer.
In the wake of his second indictment in the hands of Parliament on Wednesday, Trump told people around him to stop paying Giuliani’s attorney fees. As CNN reported Thursday morning:
“Trump has blamed his longtime personal lawyer and many others for the plight he is now in, even though he has not accepted any responsibility publicly or privately, people familiar with his reaction told CNN. Giuliani is still expected to play a role in Trump’s defense to defense, but has so far been left out of most talks. “
(It may be worth noting here that Trump has been de-platformed from Twitter.)
Trumps Miller’s refusal aside is the withholding of money from people who perform a service for him, a perennial Trump tactic. That’s good of some of his stuff.
“Donald Trump often portrays himself as a working class savior who wants to” protect your job. “But a USA DAYS NETWORK analysis showed that he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades – and a large number of them are involved. ordinary Americans, like Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.
“At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments and other government applications reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his companies of not paying them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida A glass company in New Jersey A carpet company A plumber Painter.Eighty-eight servants Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast.Real estate agents who sold his properties.And ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these cases and other. “
What are 60 lawsuits in between
friends people you owe money and refuse to pay!
Trump’s attempt to punish – in an economic way – Giuliani is simply one of the latest examples of how Trump eventually throws out everyone who has ever been loyal to him.
Giuliani, who two decades ago was among the most popular politicians in the country and who, if he had never been wrapped up with Trump, would have had a legacy as “Mayor of America” after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, forever spotted how he will be remembered by the public.
Instead of America’s determination on terrorism, Giuliani is now known as the constant presence on Trump’s side – sweating and spraying increasingly wild conspiracy theories as his hair color runs down his temple.
And for what? To be thrown aside and accused by Trump of something – accusation of inciting a revolt – that Giuliani could not have prevented if he had wanted to?
Trump, you see, is incapable of self-reflection. Or to accept the blame. Therefore, he is endlessly on the hunt for scapegoats for every “wrong” that hits him. Nothing is ever his fault. It is always they who have somehow betrayed him guilt. And all – with the remarkable exception of those with whom he is related by blood and marriage – betray him in the end.
Giuliani’s rise and fall would be tragic if the former mayor had not had so much agency in his death.
Giuliani, who had spent decades in the same lane in New York City as Trump, knew exactly who the president was – and is. So why would Giuliani expose himself to Trump’s whim, knowing that he would eventually be the one pushed in front of the bus? Relevance, for the most part. Giuliani’s moment in the national focus had largely gone after his failed presidential bid in 2008. He had become the thing he feared most: A has-been.
Enter Trump, who a) Giuliani had known for a long time and b) needed all the help he could get. And then Giuliani made the deal – relevance (and some form of power and influence) in return for spending the years he was close to Trump in a defensive crouch – and waited until it was his day to be the scapegoat.
That day has now come. But none of us – least of all Giuliani – should be surprised. This is who Trump is. This is what he does.