With each new stumble in defending Donald Trump, some speculate that Giuliani's firing is imminent. Even Trump once answered that he didn't know if Giuliani was still representing him.
So when The Guardian asked Giuliani if he feared Trump would throw him under the bus, Giuliani joked that, even if Trump did, he wouldn't be scared. Why? Because he has good insurance.
"I'm not [nervous about being thrown under the bus by Trump], but I do have very, very good insurance, so if he does, all my hospital bills will be paid."
Giuliani was apparently joking that he had good health insurance and could recover from being thrown under a literal bus.
Twitter, however, was divided as to whether or not "health insurance" was a metaphor for "compromising material," in the same way that the "bus" is a metaphor for blame or condemnation.
CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale assured that Giuliani was joking.
Really seems this Giuliani comment is being taken out of context (in the article as well as on Twitter). Asked abou… https://t.co/2gclcMuYFj— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1573758849.0
Others weren't so sure.
@ddale8 The question was a metaphor. He answered in the context of the metaphor.— slakmehl (@slakmehl)1573758973.0
@g_e_anderson @Politidope @RudyGiuliani @realDonaldTrump I'm not trying to be naive because we can all be sure Rudy… https://t.co/B6TA5UdYLo— Chris Morris (@Chris Morris)1573763801.0
Especially after Giuliani's lawyer, Robert Costello, stepped in to clarify that Giuliani was joking.
@ddale8 Then why did the lawyer say Rudy was joking?— Nicole Hickman James 🌊 (@Nicole Hickman James 🌊)1573758914.0
@ddale8 Costello said, "he's joking," as in Rudy doesn't really have health insurance? Or he really was talking abo… https://t.co/oodQQKXIEB— Greer McVay (@Greer McVay)1573759056.0
@ddale8 But his lawyer did feel the need to explain the he was joking.— Joseph F Clark (@Joseph F Clark)1573761024.0
But when it comes like staunch Republicans like Giuliani, it says a lot that they can joke about how great their health insurance is.
I think Rudy’s joke re: insurance was just that... a joke about having good health insurance and not having to worr… https://t.co/LGwV5hPkoB— Joseph M. Azam (@Joseph M. Azam)1573769392.0
@ddale8 Sure he has good health insurance... the take health care from millions but make sure their own asses are c… https://t.co/9Doy0N2qjC— Feldmarschall Raketenwurm 🇪🇺 (@Feldmarschall Raketenwurm 🇪🇺)1573759042.0
Really landed that one, Rudy.