After the arrests of several associates of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, the press asked the President if he was concerned.
Mired in an impeachment inquiry of his own which includes actions taken by his personal lawyer on his behalf, concerns would be warranted. However the President reaffirmed his commitment to Giuliani.
In a response full of accolades, Trump stated:
"I think Rudy is a great gentleman. He’s been a great crime fighter. He looks for corruption wherever he goes."
"He was the greatest mayor in the history of New York and he’s been one of the greatest crime fighters and corruption fighters."
Watch his full response here.
President Trump on Rudy Giuliani: "He looks for corruption wherever he goes." https://t.co/tHTweCGLox— Josh Campbell (@Josh Campbell)1572020578.0
However rather than concur with the President's assessment of Giuliani as the greatest New York city mayor of all time, people found the set up too hard to resist. Specifically this line;
"He looks for corruption wherever he goes."
@joshscampbell “Which is easy, since they make those compact mirrors that travel well.”— ⚜️Rob Anderson for Louisiana⚜️ (@⚜️Rob Anderson for Louisiana⚜️)1572021141.0
@RobAnderson2018 @joshscampbell https://t.co/hKzR1yGZtZ— LucymaGoosie (@LucymaGoosie)1572022963.0
@joshscampbell Look left Rudy! https://t.co/DDae2bknxB— Timothy Ferris (@Timothy Ferris)1572028836.0
People jumped on the chance to reinterpret Trump's message. Including several of his Twitter nemeses, like George Conway.
This is true but likely not in the sense that it was expressed. https://t.co/VnXIs8UJNE— George Conway (@George Conway)1572024601.0
@joshscampbell @lrozen Well, that much is obvious.— Pé Resists (@Pé Resists)1572020723.0
@4everNeverTrump @joshscampbell @lrozen How else he gonna find his friends?— 🍑 Sylvia "Register New Voters" Harrington (@🍑 Sylvia "Register New Voters" Harrington)1572020933.0
If you mean, "Everywhere Rudy goes, there's corruption," then yeah. https://t.co/LJfaAHdE1g— Tea Pain (@Tea Pain)1572021798.0
@natasharesists How does someone as incompetent as Rudy Giuliani get so much crime accomplished? It takes extra-sp… https://t.co/13wReMVhRm— Tony Stark 2020 💥⎊ (@Tony Stark 2020 💥⎊)1572034954.0
Omg! @POTUS really said that? @RudyGiuliani IS CORRUPTION. https://t.co/0a5a8okmdw https://t.co/KkD9LV4DIs— SueSeaShell (@SueSeaShell)1572039544.0
😂🤣😂 well Donny boy @realDonaldTrump you’re absolutely right @RudyGiuliani looks and finds corruption wherever he go… https://t.co/WqdvXBF2Ye— Frank E. Underwood (@Frank E. Underwood)1572029999.0
While it was clearly not the message the President intended, it was the message received.
Yes, I would agree @RudyGiuliani looks for corruption wherever he goes...and tries to get a piece of the action for… https://t.co/7z1LSeTGoc— Jill Chilton (@Jill Chilton)1572024921.0
Some commended the President for assessing the situation correctly.
@joshscampbell That was soooo close to an accurate quote.— Bob (@Bob)1572020617.0
@joshscampbell And if he finds it, he gets involved with it.— JRehling (@JRehling)1572022487.0
@joshscampbell And what he can’t find he creates— Joshua Vaughan (@Joshua Vaughan)1572020606.0
@joshscampbell Like a moth to a light? (Maybe Rooody moth memes will become a thing...lol) https://t.co/AcsN8rDXGi— BornTheBondGirl (@BornTheBondGirl)1572021343.0
People fixed the inaccuracies they saw or the incomplete portions of Trump's statement "He looks for corruption wherever he goes."
@joshscampbell And buys it dinner. https://t.co/BlRsVLAWYE— InsaneClownPresident (@InsaneClownPresident)1572021587.0
@joshscampbell Rudy Giuliani looks for corruption wherever he goes, then asks to represent those responsible for it… https://t.co/g4UsSBpurB— Alexandra Chalupa (@Alexandra Chalupa)1572023834.0
@joshscampbell https://t.co/chxMFADJNM— mandy's snitty (@mandy's snitty)1572022103.0
@AlexandraChalup @joshscampbell Here is hero Giuliani looking for corruption. He definitely needs a disguise. https://t.co/okGypFpaUS— Tony M. (@Tony M.)1572024133.0
Some even waxed poetic.
@joshscampbell Rudy discovers the corruption he was seeking was inside him all along.— Leslie Warlick (@Leslie Warlick)1572021154.0
And one person felt inspired to create a poll.
But some weren't buying the rest of the President's answer.
@joshscampbell Listening to this presser..How does anyone see and hear him speak like this and not think that he is… https://t.co/HcsE7XaKdy— Nanny McPhee (@Nanny McPhee)1572021112.0
@joshscampbell You mean like when he worked with Pataki and The Lower Manhattan Development Corp? "A tale of dysfu… https://t.co/22SeubnMiS— blmohr (@blmohr)1572021329.0
@joshscampbell https://t.co/2ABD9Ri9mg— Sideline_Observer (@Sideline_Observer)1572022879.0
Elsewhere, Rudy Giuliani was possibly having a worse day after "butt dialing" a reporter.
@kylegriffin1 Good Lord. Rudy Giuliani and his clique are like the Keystone Cops of corruption. They can’t get anyt… https://t.co/CpRMwPKWED— Russell Drew (@Russell Drew)1572031685.0
Who had "Rudy Giuliani butt-dials *two* reporters and accidentally leaves incriminating voice mails" on the Trump C… https://t.co/yv6g6ex9xo— James Wooten (@James Wooten)1572042143.0
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