Cat got your tongue? Rudy Giuliani visibly struggled to defend Donald Trump during multiple morning show appearances Sunday, October 9, amid the Republican presidential candidate’s recent sexist video controversy.
The former New York City mayor, 72, was interviewed Sunday morning on CNN’s State of the Union, ABC’s This Week and NBC’s Meet the Press, where he repeatedly stumbled over his words while trying to explain Trump’s shocking 2005 comments about groping women.
Giuliani admitted to CNN anchor Jake Tapper that the real estate mogul, 70, made “remarks you certainly don’t want to hear from anyone, much less a presidential candidate,” but was at a loss for words when Tapper grilled him further on the leaked audio.
“He was 59 or 60 years old when he said it. This wasn’t something that he said when he was 18 years old,” Tapper, 47, said. “He’s talking about a feeling of entitlement because he’s a star; he can go up to women and grab them by the vagina, and it’s OK and he won’t get in trouble for it. It’s really offensive on just a basic human level.”
Giuliani responded, “Gosh almighty, you know, he who hasn’t sinned should throw the first stone here,” to which Tapper angrily replied, “I will gladly tell you, Mr. Mayor, I have never said that. I have never done that. I’m happy to throw a stone. I don’t know any man — I’ve been in locker rooms, I’ve been a member of a fraternity — and I have never heard any man ever brag about being able to maul women because they get away with it. Never.”
After struggling to find a response, the politician simply noted, “I believe it’s wrong. I know [Trump] believes it’s wrong.”
Appearing on Meet the Press, Giuliani then appeared equally speechless after host Chuck Todd mentioned Trump’s vulgar remarks. In an attempt to deflect discussing the incident, Giuliani brought up Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying, “Hillary Clinton actually specifically described that she’s two different people. To the financial people who were giving her millions of dollars, she’s on their side and she wants to be a big part of the government. But she tells them she has to pretend to everybody else that she isn’t.”
Todd, 44, then fired back by asking, “If you believe that Hillary Clinton says one thing in private and that means what she really is is what she says in private, should we assume what Donald Trump did in that Access Hollywood bus is really what Donald Trump is like in private? I mean, that’s what you’re implying here with Hillary Clinton.”
Giuliani replied, “The reality is that in both cases, both people have things in their personal lives that maybe if they could redo it, they would do it differently.”
Trump has since apologized for the 2005 comments he made with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, calling them “locker room banter.”
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