Rudy Giuliani's appearance on 'Hannity' went exactly as you've come to expect.
Not content with making the rounds of the Sunday shows, Rudy Giuliani decided to spend Monday night on Fox with Sean Hannity. One might think that in the far friendlier confines of Hannity's show, Giuliani might have managed to come across as slightly less erratic and unhinged, but you'd be wrong.
To Giuliani's credit, he has found new conspiracy theories to allege, and they're even weirder than his previous attempts. He told Hannity that he has "overwhelming" proof that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats cooperated with Ukrainians, with the order to do so coming directly from Obama. However, he's talking about January 2017, when Donald Trump had already won the election, so it's unclear what all this alleged spycraft would have accomplished.
When asked if he would respond to the subpoenas issued by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform Committees, Giuliani mused that he would go if he could bring "videotapes" and "tape recordings."
Giuliani also informed Hannity that if he didn't investigate Ukraine, he'd be "guilty of malpractice." No malpractice rule requires attorneys to investigate anyone, and there certainly isn't one that covers Giuliani's ham-handed attempts to undermine former Vice President Joe Biden as he runs for election in 2020.
Nothing was as incoherent as Giuliani's new Soros conspiracy. Giuliani claimed there was "a company involved" run by Soros "that was closed down to cut off all of the proof the additional proof, of just how far the Democrats went in corrupting the 2016 election and corrupting the [sic] Ukraine." No evidence has been provided of such a company.
Hannity didn't disappoint either, telling his viewers that if they love their country, this is "an all hands on deck moment" and is "about our way of life." He warned the Democrats are "attempting to remove a duly elected president based on nothing but a manufactured crisis." This neatly ignores that impeachment is a constitutional authority granted to the House.
He also insisted that Biden was the person who had engaged in some corrupt quid pro quo, but its entirely unclear what he's talking about. And finally, Hannity also traveled some familiar ground, saying that Hillary Clinton rigged her own primary and then pivoted to something new: The world is less safe because Trump can't call up world leaders without the phone call leaking. Of course, those calls to world leaders were Trump demanding that other countries assist him with his personal vendettas and half-baked conspiracy theories, not negotiations about world peace.
Giuliani is going to be everywhere in the media for the next several months. And every time he gets airtime he's going to spout baseless and harmful conspiracy theories. Of course, Fox will always have him on, but everyone else should wise up.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.