The reputation of Rudy Giuliani could be set for a further blow with the release of highly embarrassing footage in Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow-up to Borat.
In the film, released on Friday, the former New York mayor and current personal attorney to Donald Trump is seen reaching into his trousers and apparently touching his genitals while reclining on a bed in the presence of the actor playing Borat’s daughter, who is posing as a TV journalist.
Following an obsequious interview for a fake conservative news programme, the pair retreat at her suggestion for a drink to the bedroom of a hotel suite, which is rigged with concealed cameras.
After she removes his microphone, Giuliani, 76, can be seen lying back on the bed, fiddling with his untucked shirt and reaching into his trousers. They are then interrupted by Borat who runs in and says: “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”
Representatives for Giuliani have not replied to the Guardian’s requests for comment…
His efforts to unearth political dirt on Trump’s rival for the White House mean that the film’s mortifying footage can be seen as an attempt to undermine Giuliani’s credibility. The film, released on Amazon Prime less than a fortnight before the election, ends with an instruction for viewers to vote.
Although unfortunate, the circumstances of the setup appear consensual, with Giuliani led to believe he was being courted. Bakalova, 24, is highly plausible in the sting, despite also having to pretend, for the benefit of viewers, to be a feral child posing as a far-right journalist.
Rudy…come on man. I mean Maria Bakalova is quite easy on the eyes, even by my already high expectations for Eastern European women. You still should have known. One can only imagine the tongue-lashing he is getting at home right now from the wife. While we all know what this is, it definitely made me chuckle and we can all agree that some things just never change. It is actually refreshing to see an old political hack get caught thinking he is going to color outside the lines a bit. It is so…normal and mundane for American politics. I am actually relieved to see that while 2020 has turned the world into a dumpster fire, there’s at least a few politicians left who like adult women.
While at first glance this is simply a story about a former-politician turned presidential attorney doing something shady. The interesting observation from this is how customary it appears. Most people are unaware of the Ali Watkins (NYT) and James Wolfe (Senate Intelligence Committee) affair, with her using him as a source. Amanda Marcia bagged a DIA source that later was arrested for leaking classified material. Let us not forget the pair of blondes that caused Roger Ailes so much grief, Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly. At least Les Aspin and Judith Miller were open about it. While I’m quite positive most of the media is entirely too unattractive to make much headway in this regard, I have no doubt that this is not the rare and frowned-upon type of behavior the harpies in media so vehemently deny. In short, it is a reminder that the people actively lying to the American people at every turn are scumbags and will prostitute themselves for more than some shekels from Bezos, ahem I’m looking at you WaPo. I’m disappointed in Rudy, but we will really turn a corner in America when the press is expected to be as utterly devoid of common decency and principles as the the beltway insiders do. Because they are, now more than ever.