Hillary Clinton is “too stupid” to be president, according to former New York Mayor and Donald Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani. Following Clinton and Trump’s head to head debate on Monday night, prominent Trump adviser Giuliani has lambasted Clinton for her handling of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, citing it as a reason why she shouldn’t be elected. The comments come from the Trump supporter following Clinton’s crowning as the winner of the first presidential debate.
According to the Telegraph, Rudy Giuliani has said he believes Republican candidate Donald Trump should have raised Bill Clinton’s affair with an intern during the debate, saying “I sure would have talked about what she did to Monica Lewinsky, trying to paint her as an insane young woman when in fact Monica Lewinsky was an intern. The President of the United States, her husband, disgraced this country with what he did in the Oval Office and she didn’t just stand by him, she attacked Monica Lewinsky.”
Whilst responsibility for the affair ultimately falls on former President Bill Clinton, Giuliani claims that Clinton should have known about the affair, and if she didn’t, she’s too stupid to be president. Giuliani threw his strongest comments yet at Clinton as the Trump campaign continues to play defensive following Monday night’s debate.
Many within the Trump campaign believe it was a big mistake for Donald Trump not to raise the subject of Bill Clinton’s infidelity. However, following the debate, Trump confirmed he had considered raising the issue but ultimately decided not to because Clinton’s daughter Chelsea was in the audience. Trump spoke fondly of Chelsea, saying “Chelsea’s a wonderful young lady and I felt very uncomfortable saying that in front of her. I really eased up because I didn’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings.”
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That being said, according to the Washington Post, many are pointing out the irony in Giuliani’s comments. When his marriage to Donna Hannover fell apart 2000, Hannover claimed that Giuliani had been in a relationship with one of his own staffers. Hannover’s press secretary Joannie Danielides later confirmed a relationship between Giuliani and his communications director Cristyne Lategano-Nicholas, with Hannover said to have described her husband’s relationship with Lategano-Nicholas as “intimate”.
During his political career, Giuliani was faced with a number of questions about infidelity. At the time, he was known to be having a relationship with Judith Nathan, who later became his wife. Further controversy came during his 2007 presidential run, when he appeared to have billed “obscure city agencies” for security expenses during his time with Judith Nathan in the Hamptons.
Rudy Giuliani, 72, is best known for his tenure as Mayor of New York City between 1994 and 2001. After leaving office, Giuliani focussed his efforts on the 2008 presidential election. Initially considered to be the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, he eventually lost to John McCain. Giuliani later declined to run for New York Governor in 2010 and the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, deciding to continue his career within the private sector.
Giuliani has become politically active again of late, taking up the role of an adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign. As well as providing advice to the campaign, Giuliani has spoke publically in support of Donald Trump, including during an appearance at the Republican National Convention in July.
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