Rudy Giuliani has a long, documented history of embarrassing technological fails. And on Wednesday night he squeezed in another one, this time related to his client Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election that is no less hilarious despite also being unsettling.
The former NYC mayor, it seemed, tried to call one of Trump’s Senate allies to beg for more help pulling off what amounts to coup, except whoopsie, he called the wrong senator, who promptly leaked the excruciating voicemail to The Dispatch. More on that momentarily, but you can listen to the full audio above right now.
The call came just after the shocking outbreak of violence in Washington, D.C., literally incited by Trump himself, as Trump supporters rioted and then occupied the Capitol building during the period when a joint session of Congress was supposed to be formally certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. All members of Congress were forced to evacuate — until order was restored hours later.
An hour before Congress reconvened around 8 p.m. ET to restume the certification process, Giuliani attempted to call newly elected Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) to beg the former Auburn University football coach to do whatever he could to help delay the process. Rudy falsely claimed the hearing was being rushed and suggested that somehow, if it can only be slowed down, Giuliani and his team would have more time to find and produce evidence of widespread voter that they have failed to produce over the last two months.
Alas, he dialed the wrong guy who, as we said, leaked it to The Dispatch.
“Senator Tuberville? Or I should say coach Tuberville, this is Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer. I’m calling you because I want to discuss with you how they’re trying to rush this hearing, and how we need you, our Republican friends, to try to just slow it down so we can get these legislators to get more information to you. And I know they’re reconvening at 8 tonight, but it is the only strategy we can follow is to object to numerous states and raise issues so that we get ourselves into tomorrow, ideally until the end of tomorrow,’ Rudy said.
“I know McConnell is doing everything he can to rush it, which is kind of a kick in the head because it’s one thing to oppose us, it’s another thing not to give us a fair opportunity to contest it. He wants to try to get it down to three states that we object, whether there are ten states that we contest, not three,” he continued. “So if you could object to every state and, along with a congressman, get a hearing for every state, I know we would delay you a lot, but it would give us the opportunity to get the legislators who are very, very close to pulling their vote, particularly after what McConnell did today.
“It angered them, because they’ve written letters asking that you guys adjourn and send them back the questionable ones and they’ll fix them up. So this phone number, I’m available on all night, and it would be an honor to talk to you,” he concluded.
Of course, for fans of Rudy’s previous tech fails, feel free to reminisce. There’s the time he leaked his hair dye all over his face (dye is a technology!). Or the time he told a bunch of racist jokes that somehow got tacked on to the end of an episode of his YouTube show. Or the time he butt-dialed an NBC reporter and could be heard complaining about needing money.