On Tuesday, November 17, President Trump's legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, appeared in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to argue that the well-publicized result of the 2020 election (that Joe Biden won Pennsylvania) should be overturned due to conspiracy theories of fraud.
Appearing before Judge Matthew Brann, Giuliani offered up some of the strangest, most unhinged arguments any follower of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ever heard.
After asking the judge if he could take his mask off, Giuliani began to attack mail-in ballots, saying:
"It's widespread, nationwide voter fraud. ... This is not an accident. You'd have to be a fool to think this is an accident."
"You'd have to be a fool to think that somebody woke up Philadelphia, and in Pittsburgh, and in Milwaukee, and in Detroit, and in Phoenix, and all the way in Las Vegas, and way back in Atlanta, and said 'I'm going to shut out all the Republicans today.'"
Giuliani later admitted to voting by mail himself in the past.
The former New York mayor's arguments were so bizarre that they reminded many people of Charlie Kelly from the television comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Charlie Kelly pretending to be a lawyer, except it’s things Rudy Giuliani actually said in court today https://t.co/lGwSSPLnUw— Josh Billinson (@Josh Billinson)1605659911.0
@jbillinson https://t.co/tSEnTmgNAZ— Alex Gookin (@Alex Gookin)1605667814.0
Giuliani, who couldn't seem to nail down just how many ballots he claimed were illegal in Pennsylvania, also left the court with many memorable quotes.
He at one point said:
"As far as we're concerned, your honor, those ballots could've been from Mickey Mouse."
Trump: We have massive evidence of massive fraud! Sidney Powell: Next week we unleash the kraken! Rudy Giuliani,… https://t.co/GQtOmy9dIs— Alexandra Erin (@Alexandra Erin)1605669223.0
As Lincoln said, "He who represents himself has a fool for a client...and he who is represented by Rudy Giuliani ha… https://t.co/xgPaFaTmKX— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf)1605674724.0
Giuliani is now entering photos as exhibits into the record, asks aloud if he's doing it right, quips, "In case I n… https://t.co/wmSXZcb3Jj— Zoe Tillman (@Zoe Tillman)1605641268.0
Giuliani also appeared to misunderstand the concept of "strict scrutiny," which is a basic tenant of constitutional law.
Even more embarrassingly, Giuliani openly admitted to not know the meaning of the word "opacity."
"I'm not sure what opacity means. It probably means you can see. It's a big word, your honor."
A Fox News host would've cut off Rudy Giuliani by this point, but the judge is giving him a lot of time. Don't even… https://t.co/0BIVzK2RHS— Ryan J. Reilly (@Ryan J. Reilly)1605640659.0
Mark Aronchick, who argued against Rudy Giuliani today in PA court, tells me tonight: “Giuliani was outrageous in t… https://t.co/Kv4RQVBHZC— Jim Sciutto (@Jim Sciutto)1605665395.0
Giuliani's own associates are facing criminal charges for alleged fraud.
Rudy Giuliani is getting destroyed in court right now. He should get used to it. He'll be on criminal trial before much longer.— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report)1605648965.0
Rudy Giuliani submits an exhibit that he describes as someone using binoculars to observe the process. A defense c… https://t.co/S5Buab0WB9— Adam Klasfeld (@Adam Klasfeld)1605641190.0
Even the judge hearing Trump's case seemed fairly amused by Giuliani's antics.
You media morons are all laughing at @RudyGiuliani, but he appears to have already established a great rapport with… https://t.co/90AQk5yyc2— Jenna Ellis (@Jenna Ellis)1605657387.0
Judge tries to admit Rudy to a bar where he actually belongs and MAGA lawyers interpret it as a win. https://t.co/3MXO6ARdgz— Don Moynihan (@Don Moynihan)1605673533.0
Rudy Giuliani's prime days in legal practice seem to be far behind him.
With Rudy Giuliani at the helm, the Trump team lost its 25th post-election case today, in disastrous fashion, this… https://t.co/C1dvdUZtjP— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@Duty To Warn 🔉)1605656040.0
Ultimately, Trump's latest lawsuit is unlikely to sway the result of the election he lost by over 5.9 million votes and by a projected over 70 electoral votes...
Though it provides some laughs at least.