Rudy Giuliani started out a a big time lawyer and prosecutor taking on the mob and then as Mayor of N.Y.C.
Is Rudy Giuliani Losing His Mind?
Brooks Kraft for Politico
(Then he became America's mayor after the 9/11 attacks!)
For millions of people outside New York, the lasting image of Giuliani is that of the man we all rooted for as he pushed his way through the streets of Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001, and told us afterward, with almost heartbreaking gentleness, that “the casualties will be more than any of us can bear.”
Giuliani that day went on television not only to urge calm, but to remind New Yorker's not to take out their grief on Muslims—“We should act bravely. We should act in a tolerant way”—and just days later held an interfaith prayer service in Yankee Stadium that brought Islamic clerics together with Christians and Jews.
(But then poor Rudy came under the sway of Donald Trump and turned to the dark side!!!!!!!)
It might seem like this summer has marked a sad break with that old Rudy, or proved him a sellout. But if you’ve followed Giuliani’s career, in fact it’s clear he swallowed the whole Trump persona many years ago—the race-baiting, the law-and-order pose, the incessant lying used to both steal credit and avoid responsibility.
But a better way to see it might be as a man seizing the star turn he never quite got—grabbing time in slow stretches of the campaign to stand on the national stage and play the role that was supposed to be his, exactly the way he thinks it should be played.