President Donald Trump and his team frequently sound totally disconnected from truth. At a Thursday press conference that the president touted ahead of time, Trump’s legal team — led by Rudy Giuliani — tried to establish some kind of foundation for the president’s team’s bombastic claims that widespread fraud plagued the recent presidential election. Giuliani totally failed in this effort. He claimed that Democrats centrally conspired to commit electoral fraud to swing the election to Biden — but claims like this one need evidence, not conspiratorial hunches. During Thursday’s presser, Giuliani’s hair dye visibly ran down the side of his face, and a Trump staffer was caught mockingly commenting on the matter during a livestream.
During a livestream of the Thursday press conference on Donald Trump’s official YouTube account, someone who sounded like they were at some kind of control center for the Trump campaign’s channel commented: “You see fuckin’ Rudy’s hair dye dripping down his face?” The staffer made this comment moments after they and another staffer conferred about whether people could hear their voices on the livestream. They concluded that livestream viewers could not, in fact, hear them — but they were incorrect.
Check out the moment below:
On Trump's official YouTube page, just now:
"Can they hear us on the stream? I guess not."
"I don't think so…"
"You see fuckin' Rudy's hair dye dripping down his face?"
— 🎥 Mark Helenowski (@markhelenowski) November 19, 2020
The bizarre moment underlines the ridiculousness of the whole event. The Trump team does not have meaningful evidence for their claims, and this lack of meaningful evidence isn’t in question. They have metaphorically shouted to high heaven that Republican observers were systematically denied sufficient access to watch post-Election Day ballot-processing — but this claim isn’t true. Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, a Republican whose city has been one of the Trump campaign’s top targets, has confirmed that the claim isn’t true. Over in Detroit, during ballot-counting shortly after Election Day, Republicans raised a ruckus after some of their observers were denied access to a ballot-processing center — but other Republicans were already inside, and those kept out were barred because the room had reached capacity. There was no nefarious conspiracy present.
Some of Giuliani’s other latest claims proved more brazenly ridiculous. He said, in part, as follows:
”Isn’t the logical conclusion, that I think any jury would accept as they heard this evidence, that somebody had this plan? Maybe that was always the plan — to do this very, very questionable form of voting..? I think the logical conclusion is this is a common plan, a common scheme, that comes right directly from the Democrat Party, and it comes from the candidate… That’s the reason why he probably didn’t have to go out and campaign.’
The fact that Biden did, in fact, campaign in the lead-up to Election Day is one of many problems with Giuliani’s unhinged remarks. Watch his comments below:
"That's the reason why [Biden] probably didn't have to go out and campaign" — Giuliani's final argument (he has no evidence for this) is that the Democratic Party and Biden conspired to commit massive election fraud pic.twitter.com/5MJr2mZPRi
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 19, 2020