OPINION: Put the Mask Back On Rudy, We Don’t Want to See Your Face
Put the Mask Back On Rudy; We Don’t Want to See Your Face
By Anna Hessel with Wes Hessel
When Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City, was unmasked on “The Masked Singer”, judge Ken Jeong walked off the stage, saying, “I’m done”, and who can blame him? Personally, I was surprised that even a FOX show would have a man with Rudy’s lack of morality on any episode. Shock value for sure but not a wise decision; viewership is sure to tank, one can hope. Host Nick Cannon stated, “It surprises us all that you’re here”. Exactly Nick, it’s mind boggling that he appears on any television show, other than perhaps, “America’s Most Wanted”.
Trial By Jury, Not By “Combat”
Of course, what we want to see is Mr. Giuliani and his former client “The Donald” on trial for crimes against our nation and humanity. His “trial by combat”, “Game of Thrones” comment regarding the January 6th, 2021, insurrection, and his client’s part in it makes my blood run cold. This man belongs behind bars, not behind a mask on any television show. His barbaric comment, “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”, borders on the insane. The only time we care to hear him sing would be in a court of law against the Trumpster and his fellow cronies.
Work Cut Out for Him
The Federal Prosecutor’s office for the Southern District of New York (i.e., Manhattan) has been pursuing cases regarding Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump for some time. As of October, of last year, it is headed by President Biden nominee Damian Williams, the first African American to hold the position. We wish him Godspeed.
“…In Deep Trouble”
During an interview a year ago this month with Vanity Fair, Preet Bharara, the Southern District prosecutor from 2009 to 2017, was quoted as saying, “Rudy Giuliani is in deep trouble”, as he should be. Later in the same interview, Bharara also quipped in response to the allegations of the Justice Department under Trump and ally Bill Barr blocking search warrants related at the time, “It’s possible the delay by Justice cost Rudy Giuliani a Trump pardon.” A pardon by Trump was given to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, sentenced to seven years for his wrongdoings, as one of Trump’s last actions in office during December of 2020.
Bad Company Continues to Corrupt Morals
Giuliani’s apartment was searched to ascertain if he broke political lobbying laws when he served as Donald Trump’s lawyer. Once the top Federal Prosecutor on the island of Manhattan himself, his law license was suspended for “false and misleading statements” in regard to Trump’s loss of the 2020 election in two boroughs of the city (both Manhattan and the Bronx) he once was mayor of. He is also suspended from practicing law in Washington, DC. Rudy could face disbarment. What a fall from grace his involvement with Forty-Five has caused him. As the Bible says and is often echoed, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’” (1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV).
September 11th To January 6th?
Makes one ponder whether Rudy’s heart was ever in the right place. Clearly, the Giuliani of 9/11 is not the man that is partner in crime to the orange haired monster. During those attacks on our nation, Giuliani was counted upon to make a phoenix rise from the ashes. He was the loving father our nation needed, intelligent and strong. He made a horrific situation almost bearable, doing his best against the worst nightmare our nation had faced. He showed courage and fortitude. What has happened to the man we came to admire twenty-one years ago? Many books have been written about the Manhattan College and NYU School of Law alumnus.
The Taller They Are…
I, for one, am saddened by his fall. It resembles a bad dream but, unfortunately, the nightmare is so very real. It is disconcerting enough when one of Trump’s cronies is a criminal, but it is certainly all the more distressing when the person was once considered an American hero. This reminds one of the O.J. Simpson trial. Will Rudy’s trial be similar, “If it does not fit, you must acquit”? How is the man we now distrust and detest, the same one we admired during one of the saddest and darkest times in recent history? It seems incomprehensible.
That Was Then, This Is Now
Rudy Giuliani handled the brutal attack on the World Trade Center with aplomb and strength, but now during our most recent hour of distress and vexation Mr. Giuliani has not only failed our nation, he supported the unthinkable acts of violence. This brings up the same question regarding people we know personally who took a ride on “The Donald” train and lost their way (if they ever really knew it). Is there any turning back for those afflicted with the Trump cancer? In the case of Rudy Giuliani, it appears to be terminal. He claims that he should not be held accountable for the Capitol riot, saying his “trial by combat“ comment was hyperbolic. Well, someone believed his words, Rudy, an insurrection certainly occurred.
Casualties Beyond That of Respect for Constitutional Practice
Four lives were lost immediately during the violence – two to “natural causes” of cardiovascular disease, one to meth overdose, and the defensive shooting of Ashli Babbitt. Officer Brian Sicknick suffered two strokes, the second fatal, shortly thereafter as a result of the significant injuries he sustained that day. A fifteen year police veteran Howard Liebengood committed suicide three days after the travesty, followed by fellow Officer Jeffrey Smith a few days later. One hundred and forty police officers were injured during the attack on our nation’s capital.
Since The Glove Does Fit, We Must Convict
Rudy Giuliani needs to stand trial for his role in the attempt to overthrow the 2020 election. No one is above the law; not a former president, an associate Attorney General, or even Time Magazines “Person of the Year” for 2001. Twenty years after being named man of the year Rudy has turned to supporting violent overthrow of the government. Rudy is no longer “America’s Mayor”, he is now part of America’s ongoing nightmare. It is with a heavy heart that I have watched Donald Trump lead so people astray. I trust in God, not Mr. Trump or any of his cohorts. In closing, I demand they investigate and if proven guilty, “Throw the book at this masked singer.”