Rudy Giuliani perplexed “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd Sunday when the former New York City mayor and President Trump’s personal attorney said, “Truth isn’t truth.”
Giuliani made his usual stop on the weekend news shows Sunday to continue the narrative that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is a “witch hunt” and that there is “no collusion” between members of the Trump campaign and Russians.
Todd asked if Trump’s legal team has “delayed the negotiations” over if and when Trump would be interviewed by Mueller.
“Look, I am not going to be rushed into having him testify so that he gets trapped into perjury,” Giuliani answered. “And when you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth. Not the truth. He didn’t have a, a conversation…”
Todd smiled and said, “Truth is truth.”
“No, it isn’t truth. Truth isn’t truth,” Giuliani replied. “The president of the United States says…”
Todd threw his head into his hand and laughed in disbelief. “Truth isn’t truth?” he interrupted. “Mr. Mayor, do you realize what…?”
Laughing and rolling his eyes, Todd grinned and predicted, “This is going to become a bad meme.”
He was right about that. “Rudy Giuliani” and “Truth isn’t truth” have both trended on Twitter since his early-morning comment, with many scratching their heads over Giuliani’s remark.
Watch the clip above.
Here are just a few who question the former mayor’s wording:
Rudy Giuliani has eclipsed Kellyanne Conway's "alternative facts" with "truth isn't truth." https://t.co/0pQzR8leDr
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) August 19, 2018
Trump: “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
Kellyanne Conway: The White House gives “alternative facts.”
Rudy Giuliani: “Truth isn’t truth.”pic.twitter.com/6IdN7EDMYb
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 19, 2018
Stop what you’re doing and watch Rudy Giuliani tell Chuck Todd, “Truth isn’t truth”. And watch Chuck Todd’s reaction.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 19, 2018
Chuck Todd: "Truth is truth. I don't mean to go like…"
Rudy Giuliani: "Truth isn't truth. Ham isn't ham. Trees have arms and leaves are their fingers. Eggplant. I am the Chinchilla King. Nothing is real. There are only shadows. Howdy. Howdy. Flurrzanza-BAM!"
Chuck Todd: "…"
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 19, 2018
Rudy Giuliani: “Truth isn’t truth.” Try that one with a jury. https://t.co/LEexBm5YEw
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 19, 2018
“War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.”
— George Orwell, ‘1984’
“Truth isn’t truth.”
— Rudy Giuliani, ‘Meet The Press’ https://t.co/vuJ9Jlzv0A
— David Slack (@slack2thefuture) August 19, 2018
"Truth isn't Truth" – It is as if Rudy Giuliani revels in writing the book titles for the historians of the future who will have to try to make sense of this President and all that is transpiring under his Administration.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 19, 2018
"Truth isn't truth," Rudy Giuliani declared today on @MeetThePress, as jaws dropped around the set. I guess he means when you're using "alternative facts."
— Eugene Robinson (@Eugene_Robinson) August 19, 2018
"Truth isn't truth" Whenever Rudy Giuliani is on TV, I expect to see bats flying around the studio.
— John Lurie (@lurie_john) August 19, 2018