Video featuring Donald Trump flirting with Rudy Giuliani in drag does the round of the Internet again
Days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump over the controversial Ukraine call, a decades-old video featuring the president and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has resurfaced on social media. The clip is making the rounds after lawmakers and critics are questioning the former New York City mayor’s level of involvement in the scandal.
The old sketch, recorded in 2000s, shows Trump pretending to flirt with Giuliani, who is dressed in drag wearing a wig and a dress. The clip was initially brought to limelight in 2016 by political comedian Stephen Colbert who brought it up on his late-night show saying that he was looking around on the internet under Giuliani’s orders to Google “Hillary Clinton illness” but found that video instead.
Trump, in the clip, can be heard saying to Giuliani: "You know, you’re really beautiful" as the former New York mayor tries on perfume at a department store. As Trump gets closer to smell Giuliani's neck, the attorney sprays some on his chest area and Trump pushes his face in between Giuliani’s fake breasts to take a whiff. Giuliani reacts by slapping the now president and says: "Oh you dirty boy." To which Trump says: "Can’t say I didn’t try!”
The clip was made for the Inner Circle Show, an annual event put on by media to poke fun at the mayor of New York City and other local political figures in the city.
Colbert, in 2016, had commented on his findings, saying: "Obviously that’s shocking. You’re going to want to verify that video. Just go online and put down ‘Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani drag queen motorboat.’"
Three years after the comedian mentioned the video, it has again gained momentum on social media in the wake of the impeachment inquiry. The inquiry was launched after a whistleblower lodged a formal complaint alleging that President Trump had sought personal "favor" from Ukraine President asking him to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Bide, who is the 2020 Democratic frontrunner. The White House subsequently released a transcript of the call which confirmed that Trump has asked a foreign leader to probe Biden and had repeatedly taken his personal lawyer Giuliani's name in the call, saying that he will remain in touch with the Ukrainian president and his officials.