To some, “America’s Mayor” lost his way in the Trump era. To those paying closer attention, Rudy Guiliani has always been a corrupt, racist political figure.
As he left his apartment to travel to Atlanta to be arrested on racketeering charges related to attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in the state of Georgia, former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani stopped to complain to reporters about the legal predicament he put himself in.
“I get photographed, isn’t that nice? A mugshot for the mayor who probably put the worst criminal of the 20th century in jail,” Guiliani said.
In spite of his whining, Giuliani claimed that he would be turning himself in with a sense of pride.
“I’m going to Georgia, and I’m feeling very, very, good about it because I feel like I’m defending the rights of all Americans as I did so many times as a United States Attorney,” he explained.
The chest pumping continued as the ex-mayor bragged some more about his legacy.
“People like to say I’m different — I’m the same Rudy Giuliani that took down the Mafia, that made New York City the safest city in America, reduced crime more than any mayor in the history of any city anywhere, and I’m fighting for justice,” Guiliani added.
Blah, blah, blah.
Like others, I have been annoyed by Guiliani managing to coast on that legacy and his time as a U.S. attorney for so many decades.
That so much of the media coverage surrounding his current troubles — legal, financial, and professional alike — remains stuck on the narrative that is some fall from grace than what it is: the start of a just ending for someone that has not only long exploited racism and violence for political gain, but has openly floated a disregard for term limits once he obtained power years before it was en vogue.
Yes, he exploited the Nixon-era crafted RICO law to go after some mobsters, but in addition to their being longstanding criticism from the people around Guiliani back then that counters the mythology created about that time, there is everything else that happened back then.
Say, the time after his successful 1993 mayoral campaign in which he accused David…