Rudy Giuliani

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I am afraid it will be on my gravestone. 'Rudy Giuliani: He lied for Trump.'

Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani III (born 28 May 1944) is an American lawyer, politician, and businessman. He served as mayor of New York City between 1993 and 2001, and presided over the city's response to the September 11 attacks. Giuliani was briefly a leading candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 United States presidential election. In April 2018, Giuliani joined President Donald Trump's personal legal team. He became a prominent figure in Trump's first impeachment and his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 United States presidential election.


  • We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for thirty or forty or fifty years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don't see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.
  • I think the president has to be treated like everyone else. 'Cause I think under the criminal law everybody should be treated the same. I know there are people who would say that the president should be treated stricter. We used to have an era in which the president was treated much more leniently. But I think the right answer is: the president should be treated the same; as far as the criminal law is concerned the president is a citizen.
  • Most of Clinton's policies are very similar to most of mine.
    • 1996 statement to Jack Newfield, as quoted by Newfield in the New York Post (8 June 1999)
  • No, I have not supported that, and I don’t see my position on that changing.
    • When asked if he supported a ban on partial-birth abortion, as quoted on CNN's Inside Politics (2 December 1999)
  • Leaders must be optimists. Their vision was beyond the present and set on a future of real peace and true freedom.
    • Speech before the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. August 30, 2004. [2]
  • In choosing a president, we really don't choose a Republican or Democrat, a conservative or liberal. We choose a leader.
    • Speech before the Republican Party convention in New York. August 30, 2004. [3]
  • There are many qualities that make a great leader but having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader.
    • Speech before the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. August 30, 2004. [4]
  • When you confront a problem, you begin to solve it.
    • As quoted in RFID Journal, February 28, 2005. [5]
  • It would be very dangerous to use the military option [against Iran]. It would not be a good thing. But it would be much more dangerous and much worse if they had nuclear weapons.
    • Hannity and Colmes, Fox News, April 4, 2007.
  • I was at ground zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers. I was there working with them. I was there guiding things. I was there bringing people there. But I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I'm one of them.
    • While campaigning in Cincinnati, as quoted in The New York Times (11 August 2007)
  • ...the sky's the limit for all Americans if we have the right kind of leadership.
    • Republican Univision Debate, December 9, 2007 [6]
  • We can determine America's future. After all, that's what an election is all about. So let's decide for optimism, not pessimism; for hope, not despair; for strength, not weakness; for victory, not defeat.
    • December 15, 2007. [7]
  • Change is not a destination as hope is not a strategy.
    • Republican National Convention, 2008
  • We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama.
    • January 8, 2009, on ABC's Good Morning America. [8].
  • I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn't love you. And he doesn't love me. He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.
  • Don’t you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman, and the only thing she’s ever produced is a lot of work for the FBI checking out her e-mails.
    • October 2, 2016, on ABC's This Week[1]
  • Truth isn't truth.
    • August 19, 2018, on NBC's Meet the Press[2]
  • Shut up, moron, shut up, shut up.
    • September 25, 2019, on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle [3]

Quotes about Giuliani[edit]

  • Rudy Giuliani — there's only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb, and 9/11.
    • Joe Biden, October 30, 2007 MSNBC Democratic Debate
  • Rudy Giuliani is a problem solver with common sense leadership who made a tremendous and positive difference as Mayor of New York, impacting peoples’ lives for the better.
  • Frankly, you have to understand the fact that Rudy Giuliani was a McGovern Democrat, he was endorsed by the Liberal Party when he ran for Mayor. In his heart, he's a Democrat. He's paraded all over this country with Bill Clinton and, in fact, he's very comfortable with Mario Cuomo. But what Rudy Giuliani wants is to be bailed out in the city, in the mess he's in, and everybody understands very clearly in politics that they struck a deal, that Mario's going to continue to be the big spender, save Rudy the options of raising taxes by pouring money statewide into the City of New York and bailing it out.
    • Michael Long, Chairman N.Y.S. Conservative Party, interviewed on CNN, Crossfire, (1994-10-25)
  • He's basically Goro in a suit.
    • Michael Moore in response to Giuliani's treatment of the homeless
  • And I just want to say one other thing about Mayor Giuliani: As this began, and if you were like me, and in many respects, God, I hope you're not. But in this one small measure, if you're like me, and you're watching and you're confused and depressed and irritated and angry and full of grief, and you don't know how to behave and you're not sure what to do and you don't really... because we've never been through this before... all you had to do at any moment was watch the Mayor. Watch how this guy behaved. Watch how this guy conducted himself. Watch what this guy did. Listen to what this guy said. Rudolph Giuliani is the personification of courage.
  • And I wanted to say to the mayor of New York all our concern, our admiration for what has been done after this drama, with such an efficiency, very full of clever and heart. I told him that in the French press, when they mention the mayor of New York, they say "mayor hero" (ph), which is a French expression equivalent to "Rudy the Rock".
  • He's the man of the hour, a man whose extraordinary grace under pressure in the days since this devastating attack has led him to be called America's mayor. He's the mayor of New York City, ladies and gentlemen, Rudy Giuliani.
  • Giuliani's performance ensures that he will be remembered as the greatest mayor in the city's history.
    • Eric Fooley, TIME Magazine, 2001. [13]
  • Giuliani symbolizes the civic contributions that led to New York becoming one of the safest cities in the world, a city where people need no longer fear violence. [...] I believe that he has, through his political efforts, saved more human lives than most people alive today.
  • As Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani showed how exercising fiscal discipline, including tax cuts, lowers deficits, spurs economic growth, and increases revenue. It is time the rest of the country benefit from a true fiscal conservative leader who gets real results.
  • Rudy Giuliani is a true American hero, and we know this because he does all the things we expect of heroes these days -- like make $16 million a year, and lobby for Hugo Chávez and Rupert Murdoch, and promote wars without ever having served in the military, and hire a lawyer to call his second wife a "stuck pig," and organize absurd, grandstanding pogroms against minor foreign artists, and generally drift through life being a shameless opportunist with an outsize ego who doesn't even bother to conceal the fact that he's had a hard-on for the presidency since he was in diapers. In the media age, we can't have a hero humble enough to actually be one; what is needed is a tireless scoundrel, a cad willing to pose all day long for photos, who'll accept $100,000 to talk about heroism for an hour, who has the balls to take a $2.7 million advance to write a book about himself called Leadership. That's Rudy Giuliani. Our hero. And a perfect choice to uphold the legacy of George W. Bush.
  • Rudy Giuliani has shown that he is a true leader. He can and will win the nomination and the presidency. He is America's mayor, and during a period of time of great stress for this country he showed tremendous leadership.
  • Well, among other things, it seems Rudy's a bit of a fibber. Says one thing one, then denies it a few hours later, apparently not familiar with the concept of audio and video recordings.
  • [He] didn't bring us together, our pain brought us together... We would have come together if Bozo was the mayor.
  • Lay down with dogs. Wake up with fleas and without $20,000 a day
  • In 1990, a Boston police expert, Bill Bratton, was appointed head of New York's subway police and introduced the 'zero tolerance' policy of arresting and prosecuting even in minor cases. This worked so well that in 1993, when the federal prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani was elected mayor of New York, he gave Bratton the opportunity to apply the energy to the city as a whole, and the results were impressive. In 1993-95, violent and property crimes dropped 26 percent in New York, murders by teenagers dropped 28 percent, car theft 46 percent, robbery 41 percent, and murder 49 percent. New York, with 3 percent of the population, accounted for one-third of the fall in reported crimes in three years. In 1996 the city reported fewer murders than at any time since 1968. But, though more effective policing helped, abetted by the underlying demographic factors, such as a rise in the average age of the population, most studies agreed that a radical improvement in the level of crime in America would depend on the return to a more religious or moralistic culture. Historians have always noted that organized religion had proved the best form of social control in Western societies.
  • I hope people who should have known better then, understand now that Giuliani succeeding Dinkins was an outcome of similar forces that led to Trump succeeding Obama.


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