‘You’re a brainwashed a**hole’: Rudy Giuliani screams back at heckler during pro-Israel parade in NYC and says ‘you’re probably more demented than Biden’
An unhinged Rudy Giuliani flung himself into a feisty exchange with a heckler in Manhattan on Sunday, hurling insults at the man and calling him ‘brainwashed’. Giuliani, 77, was marching in a pro-Israel parade through the city, walking behind Mayor Eric Adams.
Waving the Israeli flag, Giuliani can be seen – in a clip filmed by Jacob Kornbluh, senior political reporter at The Forward – pausing when someone in the crowd yells at him. Here, he is pictured with his son Andrew, who is running as a Republican for the governor of New York, taking on incumbent Kathy Hochul in November.
‘I reduced crime!,’ Giuliani shouts at the man, referring to his time as mayor, from 1994-2001.
As Giuliani walks away, one of the hecklers continues to yell, causing Giuliani to turn around and go back. ‘You are brainwashed,’ Giuliani says. ‘You are probably as demented as Biden.’ The specifics of the heckler’s insults were unclear.
Giuliani was once widely liked in the city for his leadership as mayor – particularly after 9/11. But his work as a lawyer for President Donald Trump – a man hated in the strongly Democratic-leaning city – has soured his reputation for many New Yorkers.
Last week, Giuliani spoke to the January 6th Committee for nine hours, as the panel continues to probe Trump’s election overturn effort by reaching out to Republican lawmakers and other figures. Pictured: Giuliani on January 6th, 2021, at the ‘Stop The Steal’ rally.
Giuliani and his team had previously insisted that they be allowed to record his interview with the committee, prompting an earlier scheduled interview to be canceled.
Unlike some other top figures in Trump’s circle, including former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and former Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon, who are both fighting their subpoenas in court, Giuliani elected to speak to the panel.
The Committee statement accompanying Giuliani’s January subpoena said he and other individuals ‘advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former President about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes.’
Giuliani maintains close contacts with Trump and his circle, despite the president’s ongoing push to try and turn back Joe Biden ‘s election win. During the heat of Trump’s post-election maneuvering, Giuliani appeared at an infamous press conference at the Republican National Committee along with ‘Kraken’ lawyer Sidney Powell (pictured).
At the event, Giuliani sweated enough that his hair dye ran down his face, sparking a firestorm of online mockery that overshadowed the false claims of election fraud.