President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, may not be as visible now as he was during the Russia investigation and the impeachment proceedings against his boss, but that doesn't mean he's completely out of sight.
In fact, the artist formerly known as America's Mayor is making waves again, but for all the wrong reasons.
Giuliani appeared on UK television to defend the President's tweets responding to protests against the murder of George Floyd by police. Trump, attempting to write off all the protestors as looters, tweeted "When the looting starts, the shooting starts." T
he statement—which originated with a 1960s quote from racist Miami police chief Walter Headley—was seen by many as a veiled instruction to open fire on his own citizens.
Giuliani's defense fell in line with the official White House spin: The President only meant that if people begin looting, violence is inevitable.
That's when Rudy and Good Morning Britain cohost Piers Morgan began divulging personal attacks.
"You sound completely barking mad, do you know that? You've lost the plot and it's sad to see."
Rudy, in Trumpian fashion, went for Morgan's ratings:
"You're the one who got thrown off of television here, cause you had ratings that were about two, so don't tell me I've lost anything...I know what happened to your show, Pierce, and I remember the mistakes you made and I remember how you f***ed up, so don't give me that stuff. I know who you are."
"We'd like to apologize for the language you just heard."
He turned his sights back on Rudy:
"When I used to interview you, you were an intelligent, reasonable man, and you've gone completely mad and you sound deranged. You're abusive. It's really sad to see what happened to you."
The bickering continued back and forth, with Rudy calling Piers a "failed journalist" and failing to recall that he used profanity.
The interview left people...astounded.
@Haggis_UK Omg— Andrea Mitchell (@Andrea Mitchell)1591282397.0
@Haggis_UK @BrendaJeanCDN Wow... Rudy Giuliani is indicative of the entire Conservative party. Nothing but unhinged… https://t.co/mT2amTJ5sj— Amanda, Sister Michael’s Judo Partner (@Amanda, Sister Michael’s Judo Partner)1591252450.0
@Haggis_UK @VeeCee30 Giuliani swore on camera and then denied it. There really isn't anything else to say. The man… https://t.co/G8AGvTPFRq— Vernon Briscoe (@Vernon Briscoe)1591252988.0
@kets0489 @Haggis_UK I’m not a fan of Morgan but there’s only one person in that interview who sounded unhinged and… https://t.co/SE7hFmlTHB— Patrick Fogarty (@Patrick Fogarty)1591263692.0
@Haggis_UK @EmmaKennedy Giuliani used to sound sane. This is what happens when you cheapen politics by putting a Tr… https://t.co/cL723ghPPz— NigeH64 (@NigeH64)1591253807.0
People were surprised to find themselves taking Piers Morgan's side.
I’m sharing a segment where Piers Morgan is the less objectionable figure. Nothing makes sense anymore. p.s. Rudy… https://t.co/pjmUKj1KDf— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1591275130.0
@Haggis_UK Dammit. Now I have to agree with Piers Morgan again. Dammit.— trashymctrashface 💙 (@trashymctrashface 💙)1591258803.0
@bally_auluk @sacdamb @GMB Omg can’t believe I’m siding with Piers... but Rudy is cray-zeee!!!— Mel 🇬🇸🏴 (@Mel 🇬🇸🏴)1591261849.0
Piers may not be well-liked, but this interview certainly did him more favors than it did Rudy.