And it wasn’t for the best of reasons.
Giuliani was the talk of Twitter for a wild CNN interview with Chris Cuomo in which he shouted, gestured, spouted conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and billionaire activist/philanthropist George Soros, and contradicted himself several times.
At one point, within a span of seconds, Giuliani went from adamantly denying that he had asked Ukraine to investigate Biden to announcing that “of course” he had done so.
Twitter users were quick to denounce his antics:
“You’re damn right I ordered the code red” https://t.co/9PcgfcQ28u— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) September 20, 2019
If Rudy Giuliani’s family loves him, they will get him help now. Not tomorrow. Now.— Elise Jordan (@Elise_Jordan) September 20, 2019
It's like the "you can't handle the truth" scene and Rudy is playing both parts at once— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) September 20, 2019
Every. Single. Democratic. Presidential. Candidate. Should. Be. Hitting. Trump. For. Treasonous. Behavior. For. Political. Gain. Like Right Now. https://t.co/WzHyrtvOUe— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) September 20, 2019
Holy Shit, Rudy isn't just unhinged, the hinge is lost. This loopy fucker's head may explode on camera. @ChrisCuomo— Christopher Moore (@TheAuthorGuy) September 20, 2019
This was Cuomo and Rudy as Cruz and Nicholson— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 20, 2019
CUOMO: DID YOU ORDER THE CODE RED?!?
RUDY: YOU ARE GODDAMN RIGHT I DID! pic.twitter.com/OfSkmfZZyM
If you are going to send Rudy out, at least have an aide ready with tranq blow darts. Bring the big guy down and drag him off.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 20, 2019
And now we go to Rudy Giuliani on CNN... pic.twitter.com/VLJLmPB0uw— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) September 20, 2019
You know what?— Diedrich Bader (@bader_diedrich) September 20, 2019
I’m thinking I’m not going to hire RUDY GIULIANI as my representative.
Definitely the guy you want in a delicate situation. pic.twitter.com/nv2uuyAfq6— Schooley (@Rschooley) September 20, 2019
Giuliani just straight up said on national television that Trump asked Ukraine to interfere in the election. I wonder what it would take for Pelosi to decide impeachment is appropriate. Where is the line at this point? Is there a line?— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) September 20, 2019
Setting aside Giuliani’s batshit crazy demeanor tonight, Rudy admitted he pushed Ukraine to investigate the revelation of Manafort’s secret payments by pro-Russian forces. What??? Manafort was convicted IN THE US for financial crimes involving those very same payments!— Michael Carpenter (@mikercarpenter) September 20, 2019
Holy shit I thought people were exaggerating about that Rudy tv appearance— PublicMeltdownHat (@Popehat) September 20, 2019
Rudy: This whole thing was meant to cover up a scandal involving Biden, paid for by George Soros. I shit you not, this is actually what he saying at this very moment.— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) September 20, 2019
Rudy was wearing a diamond pinky ring and one of his Yankees workd series rings for that wild interview with Chris Cuomo. pic.twitter.com/GkdiXN0KQI— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) September 20, 2019
You’re doing great, Rudy. Keep it up. https://t.co/sAUEFbbyS6— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) September 20, 2019
Chris Cuomo:— Jeff Dwoskin - Hashtag Roundup (@bigmacher) September 20, 2019
Did you order the Code Red?
I did the job that--
Did you order the Code Red?!!
YOU'RE GODDAMN RIGHT I DID!!
Don’t think I’ve ever seen @ChrisCuomo make the faces he’s making tonight as he repeatedly tries to steer Giuliani back toward a conversation.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 20, 2019
Watching Rudy Giuliani completely melt down right now on CNN is not a promising sign for the Trump Administration and this Ukraine/whistleblower story.— Evan McMullin (@EvanMcMullin) September 20, 2019
On the Rudy CNN interview: It's not a meltdown, and he's not doing it because he's insane. This is how he protects the President: Concede the conduct occurred, then obfuscate and confuse to take the sting out. He has done this before for the President--quite effectively actually.— Margaret L Taylor (@MargLTaylor) September 20, 2019
I assume we’ll wake up to a donald tweet saying Rudy was part of a big team that beat the hoax but he really isn’t his lawyer anymore.— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) September 20, 2019
Since I have him blocked you’ll have to let me know if I guessed right.
Has Trump dismissed Rudy as "just a guy who got coffee" yet?— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) September 20, 2019
The Rudy Three-Step:— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) September 20, 2019
1) Never happened!
2) Hell yes it happened!
3) Who cares because even if it happened it’s totally fine! https://t.co/pLI7h317AX
I haven’t seen anyone confess to crimes on television since the last time I saw Rudy Giuliani confess to crimes on television— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 20, 2019
This is the most insane meltdown I've ever witnessed. I've never seen someone fuck himself and his interests over more than what we just saw Giuliani do.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) September 20, 2019
In all seriousness though, what I just heard seemed a lot like an admission from Rudy that he and/or the president may have committed a variety of felonies however, a sitting president cannot be indicted and the president will likely pardon Rudy. What a mess.— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) September 20, 2019
A bit of a trees-not-forest observation, but we just had a lengthy investigation of a campaign that solicited a thing of value from foreign individuals, and the solicitors got away with it, so why would Rudy fear soliciting a costly criminal investigation from Ukraine?— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) September 20, 2019
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