BOSTON (CBS) – If Donald Trump goes down in flames on Election Day, he will take with him what is left of the reputation of quite a few people who have squandered their credibility in his service.
Chief among them: Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, whose abysmal advocacy for Trump includes the suggestion that Trump boycott the final two presidential debates over perceived unfairness, and his incredible interview Sunday on “Meet the Press” where he was eagerly attacking Hillary Clinton over her husband’s well-documented infidelity.
Giuliani, of course, notoriously cheated on at least one of his first two wives, a fact noted by host Chuck Todd.
“Well,” responded Giuliani, “everybody does.”
No, Mr. Mayor, not even close.
Perhaps in your big-money, chauffeur-driven circles, violating your marriage vows is par for the course, but not out here in the real world.
The most recent statistics I could find online show 21 percent of men and a slightly lower percentage of women admit to cheating on their spouse; even if you add ten or even 15 points to that number on the presumption that people are reluctant to admit it, that is still a very far cry from “everybody.”
In fact, the evidence would suggest that for many, the vow of fidelity is a profound commitment, even sacred depending on your faith, and honoring it is both a test and display of inner character.
I’m willing to give Giuliani the benefit of the doubt he won’t give to the Clintons – that it’s unfair to judge someone’s marriage from a distance, and thus their infidelity might not be proof of evil.
But he is not entitled to his own facts, or to disparage the vast majority in defense of his pitiful grab for relevance.
Listen to Jon’s commentary: