Political discourse is a funny game because it truly highlights the impossible nature of our species in the most reductionist of ways. You've got rooms full of people dressed in "business attire" discussing policies that will have massive global implications for all of humanity. And the biggest talking points most people have are about flies resting on Mike Pence's head, who Bill Clinton's slept with, and did Rudy Giuliani fart or not during a hearing?
Did Rudy Giuliani really fart in this clip that's making the rounds on Twitter?
There's no argument that the political landscape has been greatly altered thanks to the advent of social media. While personal attacks during political debates in the constant quest for power under the guise of advocating for the best possible future course of our species is nothing new, a tried and true tactic has always been to reduce an argument to some base or salacious topic to deflect a serious point that's really being discussed.
Right now, members of the GOP and several Trump supporters are still attempting to mount an offensive against President-Elect Joe Biden. Trump has refused to concede and maintains that the election was "rigged." In fact, while former Trump aide Kellyanne Conway stated "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail" reports indicate that only 27 of 249 Congressional Republicans will actually say Trump lost the election.
There have been several inquiries into voter fraud, with Attorney General William Barr declaring ultimately that there was no amount of fraud significant enough in the past election that would result in a victory for Donald Trump.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Barr stated that the work of FBI agents and U.S. attorneys did not result in enough evidence to indicate there was enough voter fraud in the 2020 election to constitute a significant change in the final outcome.
"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election," Barr said.
Rudy Giuliani has worked on behalf of President Trump to mount several offensives highlighting possible voter fraud in swing states while also echoing the notion that mail-in ballots were more susceptible to fraud than voting in person.
I present this clip of Rudy Giuliani testifying without editing or commentary. (Watch for the 👀) pic.twitter.com/h4ndjLO56p— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) December 3, 2020
Several folks have ridiculed this effort by Trump and Giuliani, turning the press conference in front of the Four Seasons landscaping company into a viral moment — along with a resurfaced clip of Giuliani apparently farting during a Michigan House of Representatives hearing many have called "disastrous." he witnesses Giuliani brought in front of the committee were lambasted as presenting "unfounded" claims.
Then there's the delicate matter of Rudy farting while speaking with Darrin Camilleri, during which apparently not one but two microphones picked it up. Also, the woman seated next to Giuliani during the proceedings, lawyer Jenna Ellis, definitely seems like she noticed the fart. Many Twitter users pointed out how wide-eyed she became once the sound permeated the chambers.
Further adding to the flatulence drama, Camilleri tweeted about the incident himself while pointing out he made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel for "startling him [Giuliani] so much during an evidence free hearing that he farted..."
Some people applauded Rudy's "commitment to his comments" that he didn't even flinch during the fart. Others used the passing of gas as a chance to ridicule the arguments Trump's administration is putting forward with regards to election fraud.
This is how we know they're full of shit. https://t.co/vNKciR90Ep— StubFingeredVulgarian (@StubVulgarian) December 5, 2020
I can tell you that making a cameo on @jimmykimmel for questioning Rudy Giuliani during an evidence-free hearing and startling him so much that he farted definitely wasn’t on my 2020 bingo card 💨— Darrin Camilleri (@darrincamilleri) December 4, 2020
Who played Rudy Giuliani on 'SNL'? Kate McKinnon, of course.
People remarked that the Saturday Night Live writing team is pretty much getting its bits written for them when McKinnon and Cecily Strong parodied Giuliani and widely mocked witness, Melissa Carone, in the Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 episode of the long-running sketch series.
Rudy's courtroom fart is yet another "leak" individuals have poked fun at; he was also mocked for having his hair dye leaking down the side of his head during a recent press conference, too.
The end of this year has at least had some gifts from the comedy Universe to try to get us through to the end. Four Seasons landscaping, Victoria Jackson looking crazy witness with Rudy, now Rudy farting at a hearing next to another unfortunate woman. Thanks for the laughs! https://t.co/9V0vnZWISJ— JeffJohnson (@jeffmakesjokes) December 4, 2020
Ok, shut it all down.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) December 3, 2020
Rudy Giuliani just farted. Check out the side-eye from the girl seated next to him the second it happens.
You can’t write it... pic.twitter.com/tDCB4IDFdP
Rudy Giuliani lets a hot fart rip while spewing lies in insane Michigan testimony. pic.twitter.com/jo0pM2w0p8— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) December 3, 2020
2020 has me on Twitter searching for “Giuliani fart”, what a year.— 45%er (@gibba80) December 3, 2020
they said we wouldn't auto-tune the Giuliani fart. they said we COULDN'T auto-tune the Giuliani fart. but with great power comes great responsibilitypic.twitter.com/T8ofjMQwQX— The Gregory Brothers (@gregorybrothers) December 3, 2020
That fart was the most honest thing to come out of Giuliani in a decade.— Michael Green 🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@andmichaelgreen) December 3, 2020
Does Rudy Giuliani have COVID-19?
Unfortunately, yes — Rudy Giuliani has been infected with the novel coronavirus. On Dec. 6, President Trump revealed via Twitter that his personal lawyer had tested positive for COVID-19.
.@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus. Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2020
The POTUS tweeted, "RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus. Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!"
Politics aside, we hope Rudy Giuliani is able to make a full recovery.
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