Republican presidential advisor and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani's final months in the Trump sphere have been one mishap after another—from the Four Seasons Total Landscaping debacle to giving an address while sweating hair dye down his face.
But his latest gaffe just might take the cake. After being accused of inciting the Capitol riot for having instructed President Donald Trump's supporters to rectify non-existent election theft with "trial by combat," Giuliani launched a most unusual defense.
He was just referencing the "famous documentary" Game of Thrones. You know, the HBO program featuring dragons and undead as characters and whatnot?
Yeah, that Game of Thrones.
I asked Rudy Giuliani about his call for "trial by combat" during last week's rally that preceded the Capitol riots. He first explained the concept by referencing Game of Thrones, then rejected the idea that he was referencing physical violence or that it incited the crowd. pic.twitter.com/J6HV5rVBBf
— Brett Samuels (@Brett_Samuels27) January 13, 2021
The comment came during an interview with journalist Brett Samuels, who covers the White House for The Hill.
Samuels asked Giuliani to clarify what he meant by his "trial by combat" comment, and Giuliani... well, he tried...
"I was referring to the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England."
"When Tyrion, who is a very small man, is accused of murder. He didn't commit murder, he can't defend himself, and he hires a champion to defend him."
Even if it made a lick of a sense, this is not a particularly convincing defense of the comment.
Especially because at no point in Giuliani's comments before the riot did he clarify he was referencing Game of Thrones.
But more importantly, what on Earth is a "documentary" about a "fictitious" subject? Also Game of Thrones isn't about England, but rather a fictional land where, to reiterate, DRAGONS EXIST.
Anyway, Giuliani went on to deny his comments had anything to do with the Capitol riot.
"It incited no violent response from the crowd. None. The crowd didn't jump up saying 'lock him up, throw him in jail, go to hell.'"
The crowd did, however, walk down the street immediately after the rally and lay siege to the Capitol, erect a gallows outside it, beat a police officer to death and force scores of Congresspeople to flee for their lives.
As you might assume, people online were basically in disbelief at Giuliani's very strange and very dumb defense.
@Brett_Samuels27 @emilynussbaum Everyone knows that Game of Thrones is a famously non-violent documentary about com… https://t.co/v7vvpJBq2l— This is all on the GOP Monster (@This is all on the GOP Monster) 1610601755.0
@Brett_Samuels27 @Popehat When you refer to GoT as a “very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England” it… https://t.co/uJZ7tzbd7B— Bam (@Bam) 1610635594.0
@Brett_Samuels27 @daveweigel Yes, Game of Thrones, famous for its depiction of peaceful transfers of political power.— Riff Schott-Skjerven 🛵 (@Riff Schott-Skjerven 🛵) 1610601539.0
@Brett_Samuels27 @Popehat So when Giuliani said "trial by combat", he meant in the style of Game of Thrones? One of… https://t.co/kc5PVhtAdw— MarjorieTaylorGreenesLlama 🇺🇲🦙 (@MarjorieTaylorGreenesLlama 🇺🇲🦙) 1610635577.0
@Brett_Samuels27 @acoyne because GoT is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of peaceful transfers of power?!? really Rudy?!— Janice Mansfield (@Janice Mansfield) 1610602479.0
@ndrew_lawrence how many dragons does he think existed in medieval England— trans1stor 💦 (@trans1stor 💦) 1610586223.0
I know a lot happened today... but please don’t lose sight of the fact that Giuliani thought Game of Thrones was a documentary.— John Henson (@John Henson) 1610594918.0
I think the more impressive takeaway here is that Rudy Giuliani thought Game of Thrones was a documentary. https://t.co/xfm3UTyNIw— Jon Richardson (@Jon Richardson) 1610620755.0
Whoops Giuliani thinking Game of Thrones was a documentary has melted my brain— Zoe! That's Me! (@Zoe! That's Me!) 1610588139.0
Who knew it would only take two weeks of 2021 for Giuliani to top getting caught with his hands down his pants in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm?
This year is already full of surprises.