John Oliver seems to be having a lot of trouble believing the things Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer and former New York City mayor, has been saying as he regularly makes the rounds on political talk shows to defend his client. Historically, Giuliani hasn’t always seemed to be helping Trump’s various cases, and Oliver was more than happy Sunday to question that on Last Week Tonight: Why does White House keep letting Giuliani run wild with meme-able remarks?
During an appearance on NBC politics news program Meet The Press on Sunday morning, Giuliani spoke with host Chuck Todd about Trump’s refusal to speak with Robert Mueller as part of his ongoing investigation. In the course of the discussion, Giuliani said of Trump that “when you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he’s gonna tell the truth, and that he shouldn’t worry, that’s so silly — because it’s somebody’s version of the truth, not the truth.”
Todd responded to that statement, “truth is truth,” and Giuliani quickly jumped in to say, “No, it isn’t truth! Truth isn’t truth!” See the strange exchange for yourself in the video below:
While that comment picked up a lot of attention, as well as numerous mocking parodies on social media, Oliver pointed out on the latest episode of Last Week Tonight that Giuliani’s “truth isn’t truth” remark was actually not the worst one he made during the Meet the Press appearance.
“You just said truth isn’t truth,” Oliver commented after the clip, before going on to note quite rightfully that “That is not acceptable from the president’s lawyers.”
But in Oliver’s opinion, “that was not the dumbest thing he said in that interview.” Because what Giuliani went on to say may actually be damaging to his client’s claim of innocence in the Russia investigation.
In the exact same interview, Todd brought up the infamous Trump Tower meeting, and Giuliani actually said “the meeting was originally for the purpose of getting information about Clinton.” And Todd correctly points out that that “in itself is attempted collusion.”
Oliver’s exasperation over Giuliani’s comments is certainly entertaining to behold, but he also has a very good point. If Giuliani’s role is to prove Trump is totally innocent of any wrongdoing when it comes to the collusion the Mueller investigation is looking into, he’s doing a terrible job at it.
“What is Giuliani doing?! And why does the White House let him keep going on TV?” Oliver says in the Last Week Tonight clip.
Because this is far from the first time Giuliani has said something that raised eyebrows in regards to Trump. He also once said President Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment Cohen made to Stormy Daniels to keep her from going public before the 2016 election about an affair she had with Trump. This was in direct contradiction to Trump’s claims that he knew nothing about the payment.
If the White House wants to keep political commentators and comedians from highlighting Giuliani’s damaging remarks against the president, they should maybe advise that he stop turning himself into a meme during his TV appearances.