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Donald Trump offered a defeated and depressed Rudy Giuliani ‘a way back to center stage’, after the former mayor of New York City fell on hard times following his failed presidential bid, a new book reveals. 

Details of Trump and Giuliani’s longtime partnership – as well as their disagreements – are laid bare in upcoming biography, Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America’s Mayor, by author and journalist Andrew Kirtzman, released Tuesday. 

Giuliani made a return to politics in 2016, when he joined Trump’s presidential campaign, during which he faithfully agreed to take the heat for the several scandals and allegations that emerged on the campaign trail. 

He was the only person to defend the then-presidential candidate in TV interviews following the disastrous release of the Access Hollywood tapes that showed Trump making lewd comments about women. 

But even then, Trump belittled his right-hand man, telling him he ‘sucked’, was ‘weak’ and had ‘low-energy’ despite him volunteering to appear on the Sunday shows when everyone on his campaign backed out, according to the book. 

 

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani mn 2016, during which he became the president's right-hand man and staunch defender

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani made a return to politics in 2016 after joining Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, during which he became the president’s right-hand man and staunch defender 

 

Details of Trump and Giuliani's longtime partnership - as well as their squabbles and disagreements - are laid bare in upcoming biography, Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America's Mayor

Details of Trump and Giuliani’s longtime partnership – as well as their squabbles and disagreements – are laid bare in upcoming biography, Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America’s Mayor 

 

Trump took Giuliani under his wing after his old friend fell on hard times following his failed presidential bid in 2008 - which saw him resort to doing infomercials for LifeLock, an identity theft protection service

Trump took Giuliani under his wing after his old friend fell on hard times following his failed presidential bid in 2008 – which saw him resort to doing infomercials for LifeLock, an identity theft protection service

The author reveals Giuliani was left sitting in silence and ‘humiliated’ while sitting across from Trump on a jet as the scandal over his comments that he liked to ‘grab women by the p***y’ threatened to end his election. 

The new book is being released amid feverish speculation about whether Trump will announce he is running in the 2024 election.

Should he do so, Giuliani could play a role even though the former mayor of New York is under investigation in Georgia for allegedly trying to interfere with the 2020 election.

Kirtzman paints a stark portrait of Giuliani, whose ‘bottomless need for validation’ drove him into the arms of Trump.

The two men had known each other for decades when Giuliani reached a low point following his failed run for the presidency in 2008.

 

The new biography, written by author and journalist Andrew Kirtzman, will be released Tuesday, September 13

The new biography, written by author and journalist Andrew Kirtzman, will be released Tuesday, September 13 

In fact, Giuliani was so broke that by 2013, he was doing infomercials for LifeLock, an identity theft protection service – which included a free document shredder worth $29 if you signed up.

Losing the presidential campaign was a ‘crippling blow’ to the prestige of a man who became known as ‘America’s Mayor’ for his heroics in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks. 

His ex-wife Judith Nathan even said she ‘couldn’t get him out of bed’ because Giuliani had a ‘creeping fear of irrelevance’, according to the book. 

They decamped to Nathan’s parents’ condo in Palm Beach where Giuliani rarely left the home, instead sitting ‘listlessly on the living room couch, sleeping late in the bedroom’.

He would sit ‘smoking cigars in his bathrobe on the terrace facing a parking lot’, Nathan claimed, adding that Giuliani was suffering from ‘clinical depression’. 

His drinking got out of control and he eventually felt so low, telling his then-wife: ‘You should leave me’.

Trump heard of Giuliani’s plight and offered him a home on his estate at Mar-a-Lago, his private club, where he recuperated.

The former president kept the ‘secret’ of Giuliani’s condition, Nathan said, adding that her ex-husband was ‘always falling s***faced somewhere’.

 

Giuliani became known as 'America's Mayor' thanks to his heroics in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks

Giuliani became known as ‘America’s Mayor’ thanks to his heroics in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks 

 

The book describes Trump and Giuliani as having a 'compelling kinship', as both men were both from New York and had similar views when it came to influence, women, and flaunting their money. Pictured: Trump, Giuliani, and then NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg attending a Yankees game in 2003

The book describes Trump and Giuliani as having a ‘compelling kinship’, as both men were both from New York and had similar views when it came to influence, women, and flaunting their money. Pictured: Trump, Giuliani, and then NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg attending a Yankees game in 2003

 

The pair had known each other for decades when Giuliani reached a low point following his failed run for the presidency in 2008. They are pictured together posing with jackhammers at the groundbreaking for the Trump International Hotel and Tower construction in 1995

The pair had known each other for decades when Giuliani reached a low point following his failed run for the presidency in 2008. They are pictured together posing with jackhammers at the groundbreaking for the Trump International Hotel and Tower construction in 1995

That Trump should come to Giuliani’s rescue was no surprise, according to Kirtzman. 

They had a ‘compelling kinship’ and were both from New York and thought that powerful men should ‘flaunt their money and influence and wives were first and foremost arm candy’.

Trump took Giuliani under his ‘protective wing at a vulnerable moment’ and he would repay the loyalty years later.

According to Kirtzman, Giuliani blew $12,000 on cigars and $7,000 on fountain pens during one six-month period.

Giuliani, a former top prosecutor in New York, was now surrendering to his ‘worst instincts’ and was ‘professionally and politically adrift’ by June 2015 when Trump called asking for his endorsement in his presidential campaign. 

Giuliani’s first response to the idea was ‘b*******’ and he thought he was a novelty candidate in search of publicity’ for Trump’s real estate business.

But Trump offered Giuliani a ‘way back to center stage’ even though it meant bowing to a man whose most famous role to date was host of The Apprentice.

Giuliani’s friends ‘begged him’ not to do it, but the chemistry between him and Trump was ‘terrific’.

Kirtzman writes: ‘They were two old lions who enjoyed schmoozing together on the campaign plane…he spoke to Giuliani with a deference that virtually no other aide received.

 

According to the book, losing the presidential campaign was a 'crippling blow' to Giuliani, who became 'clinically depressed' and started drinking heavily after his defeat

According to the book, losing the presidential campaign was a ‘crippling blow’ to Giuliani, who became ‘clinically depressed’ and started drinking heavily after his defeat 

 

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (L) and Arizona Senator John McCain (R) make their points during the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in June 2007

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (L) and Arizona Senator John McCain (R) make their points during the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in June 2007

 

His ex-wife Judith Nathan (pictured together in 2017) said Giuliani had a 'creeping fear of irrelevance' and that she 'couldn't get him out of bed' after his loss

His ex-wife Judith Nathan (pictured together in 2017) said Giuliani had a ‘creeping fear of irrelevance’ and that she ‘couldn’t get him out of bed’ after his loss 

‘Giuliani was a role model for him (in the 1990s): his raw exercise of power, his use of bombast as a weapon, his relentless attacks on his critics and the media…his style set the template for Trump’s presidency more than any other political figure’.

Trump’s team however had a different view and saw Giuliani as a ‘crazy uncle’ who was prone to ‘excessive drinking’.

Giuliani’s friends were aghast at how he ‘tossed out his 9/11 halo like a cheap piece of jewelry’ but there was nothing they could do.

At the Republican National Convention, Giuliani went full MAGA and gave a speech that was so angry Kirtzman called it ‘less a speech than a primal scream’.

Kirtzman writes that Giuliani was ‘unhinged, arms flying, fists clenched, mouth wide open revealing a bank of tobacco-stained teeth’ which made up a ‘frightening tableau’.

Kirtzman writes: ‘He looked like a dictator from a banana republic’.

But then came the release of the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted to Billy Bush in 2005 about his prowess with the opposite sex.

Among his comments on the hot mike were a description of how Trump might seduce a woman he and Bush were about to meet.

He said: ‘I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the p***y. You can do anything’

According to Kirtzman, everyone on Trump’s campaign – including Kellyanne Conway and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie – ‘begged out’ from appearing on the Sunday TV shows.

But Giuliani saw it was his duty and he appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and Fox to defend Trump.

During a grilling from Jake Tapper on CNN, Giuliani tried to explain Trump’s comments by saying: ‘He who hasn’t sinned throw the first stone here’. 

 

The former Republican presidential hopeful is pictured at a campaign rally with first responders at the North Spartanburg Fire Department on February 21, 2007 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

The former Republican presidential hopeful is pictured at a campaign rally with first responders at the North Spartanburg Fire Department on February 21, 2007 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

 

Now, Giuliani is still picking up side gigs for extra cash, even making appearances for $325 on the website Cameo, where users can pay their favorite celebrity to send personalized birthday greetings or messages to friends

 

Rudy Giuliani on Cameo

Now, Giuliani is still picking up side gigs for extra cash, even making appearances for $325 on the website Cameo, where users can pay their favorite celebrity to send personalized birthday greetings or messages to friends 

Tapper shot back: ‘I’m happy to throw a stone’.

Giuliani claimed that ‘men at times talk like that’ but admitted that the comments were ‘wrong’.

Afterwards Giuliani headed to LaGuardia airport in New York to meet Trump on his campaign plane. 

After doing high fives with the staff Giuliani sat down ‘triumphantly’ in front of Trump.

But Trump, who was less than impressed, told him: ‘Man, Rudy, you sucked. You were weak. Low energy’.

Giuliani sat in ‘silence, humiliated,’ the book states. 

The row was a rare sign of division between the two men and once Trump won the election he considered Giuliani as his Secretary of State.

Fears over Giuliani’s drinking led Trump to abandon the plans.

As Trump’s term in office continued he became embroiled in ever more controversy including the Mueller inquiry into his dealings with Russia.

Yet rather than hire an experienced lawyer Trump turned to Giuliani to become his personal attorney.

Jay Goldberg, Trump’s lawyer for the past 22 years warned him: ‘He’s (Giuliani) going to get you into trouble. He doesn’t know when to stop’.

As Kirtzman writes, Giuliani was the ‘only logical choice’ for the role as he was ‘gleefully ferocious, an attack machine perpetually set to kill’.

Giuliani would ‘say anything, do anything to win….he was just like Trump’.

But almost immediately, Giuliani began embarrassing his boss such as a Fox News interview where he admitted that Trump had used shell companies to pay $130,000 to hush up Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

 

Giuliani was the only person to defend the then-presidential candidate in TV interviews following the disastrous release of the Access Hollywood tapes (pictured) where Trump was heard making the infamous 'grab them by the p***y' comments

Giuliani was the only person to defend the then-presidential candidate in TV interviews following the disastrous release of the Access Hollywood tapes (pictured) where Trump was heard making the infamous ‘grab them by the p***y’ comments 

 

The new book is being released amid feverish speculation about whether Trump will announce he is running in the 2024 election

The new book is being released amid feverish speculation about whether Trump will announce he is running in the 2024 election

 

According to the author, Giuliani would 'say anything, do anything to win….he was just like Trump'

According to the author, Giuliani would ‘say anything, do anything to win….he was just like Trump’

Giuliani was quickly becoming a liability but Bolton thought that he ‘had so much dirt on the president that Trump was scared to cut him loose’.

The two men had a ‘twisted kind of loyalty’ and Giuliani would make a fool of himself in service of his boss, Kirtzman writes.

Giuliani was ‘intoxicated’ by his proximity to power and went even further over the edge after the 2020 election when he became ‘impossible to control’.

Fully embracing the unproven theories that Trump had been the true winner of the election, Giuliani went around the country trying to persuade state election officials to overturn the results.

Trump’s other advisors became so incensed by his claims they would walk out the room when he was speaking, saying: ‘F*** this, I’m out’.

During one meeting Giuliani told Trump his advisers were lying to him and one of the former president’s election lawyers shot back: ‘You’re a f***ing a**hole, Rudy!’

Then came the shambolic press conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping outside Philadelphia, followed by another press conference where Giuliani’s hair dye was visible running down his face.

Eleven days before the 2020 election the movie Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was released and showed Giuliani lying on a bed with his zipper undone in a hotel bedroom during a setup interview with a young woman masquerading as a journalist.

With Giuliani lying prone Sacha Baron Cohen, in character as Borat, burst out of the dresser telling Giuliani that she was too young for him.

 

Giuliani became infamous for his gaffes on TV, such as one 2020 press conference where his hair dye was seen running down his face

Giuliani became infamous for his gaffes on TV, such as one 2020 press conference where his hair dye was seen running down his face

 

Giuliani could potentially play a role in Trump's campaign again even though he is currently under investigation in Georgia for allegedly trying to interfere with the 2020 election

Giuliani could potentially play a role in Trump’s campaign again even though he is currently under investigation in Georgia for allegedly trying to interfere with the 2020 election

It was the final nail in the coffin for Giuliani.

Ten days before Trump left office, Giulian’s girlfriend Maria Ryan wrote a letter to the former President demanding that he get paid the $2.5million he was owed for legal work.

She also asked that Giuliani get the Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the President can bestow upon a civilian, and a general pardon.

Giuliani did not get his second or third request and Trump was infamous for failing to pay his legal bills.

With Trump out of office Giuliani was in the same position as he was in 2008: sliding into irrelevance and broke, which explained why he appeared as a candidate on The Masked Singer to the shock of viewers.

Judges Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke left the stage because they were so disgusted.

Giuliani has been forced to do appearances for $325 on the website Cameo, where users pay for birthday greetings or messages.

To a couple due to get married, Giuliani, who has been married and divorced three times and was a serial adulterer, offered them this wisdom.

Over six minutes – far longer than the usual Cameo message – he said: ‘Marriage is the core of our civilization….I know it sounds strange because I’ve had a mixed history with marriage but it’s not for lack of trying!

‘But I’m still romantic and still believe in it. Sometimes you get it right and sometimes you don’t’.

Source: Dailymail

 

 

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