After 28 years away from the bench, Donald Trump sent his personal attorney and fixer Rudy Giuliani back to court. Now, why would he do that? It may be that POTUS has run out of more reputable attorneys who refuse to take his business. He is sending them to court to file off-the-rocker lawsuits they cannot win. Plus, he has a history of not paying his attorneys. Not surprisingly though, it was Giuliani who committed the fatal error.
Apparently, the New York attorney charged Trump $20,000 a day, not exactly chump change. That should have bought the president some top-of-the-line lawyering, but it did not.
Right out of the courtroom door, the former New York mayor screwed things up. The presiding judge pressed the president’s personal attorney to explain what “standard of scrutiny” should be applied to the government’s action, and Giuliani said, according to The Washington Post:
‘The normal one.’
Here’s the thing, “there is no normal standard:”
‘Strict scrutiny is the highest and most stringent standard of judicial review, above the lesser standards of rational basis review and exacting or intermediate scrutiny, but there is no “normal” standard.’
Giuliani’s stumble was reminiscent of the late Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) running mate and former half-term governor Sarah Palin (R-AK). When Katie Couric, then with CBS Evening News asked her what newspapers and magazines she read, Palin responded, according to the YouTube video capturing the moment:
‘Most of them, all of ‘em, and any of ‘em.’
After the error, Palin went all politician:
‘I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where, it’s kind of suggested and it seems like, “Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C. may be thinking and doing when you live up there in Alaska? Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.’
The judge gave the former New York mayor a helping hand, explaining for him what the term meant:
‘For strict scrutiny to apply, a fundamental right needs to be burdened.’
Giuliani, 76, failed. The Washington Post gave an explanation for why that might have occurred:
‘As a culture, we like to believe that with age comes wisdom. The truth of it may be that age only makes people more obviously what they’ve always been. Freed of the urgent need to prove and define themselves for a future that’s yet to unfold, people can simply be. Giuliani, at 76, has revealed himself to be a man who believes that he can summon truth from falsehoods, bend the law to his will and conjure whatever reality suits him simply by speaking his hopes and dreams aloud.’
Later Giuliani confessed he truly did not get what “strict scrutiny” meant.
Listen in to Huffington Post’s Justice Reporter Ryan Reilly’s capture of how the blooper went down:
‘Here it is: Rudy Giuliani — an attorney for the president of the United States and a former U.S. Attorney — botches a basic question about “strict scrutiny.”
‘”The normal one.”‘
Here it is: Rudy Giuliani — an attorney for the president of the United States and a former U.S. Attorney — botches a basic question about “strict scrutiny.”
“The normal one.”
[edited out an interruption in the middle] pic.twitter.com/e56SGzTGgo
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) November 19, 2020
Twitter world caught fire after this serious mistake. Take a look at some of our favorite responses below:
— Andrew Peterkin (@PeterkinAndrew) November 19, 2020
20,000 a day? Are you kidd’in me! pic.twitter.com/PhtBK9k8G7
— PleaseWearAhhhMask (@Concern93672193) November 19, 2020
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