Trump’s internal circle is telling him that Giuliani and the remainder of his authorized group are making him appear to be an fool, report says

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Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump, at a news conference at the Republican National Committee in Washington, DC, in November. Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images

  • Multiple members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle have told him that his legal team is making him look like an idiot, The Daily Beast reported Wednesday.
  • Trump appointed his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on November 14 to lead the Trump campaign’s legal challenges to the 2020 election results.
  • But Giuliani has been mocked for a series of gaffes and legal losses.
  • This month he has made various bizarre media appearances, including hosting a briefing at a Philadelphia garden center on November 8 and sweating so profusely that a black liquid ran down his face on November 19.
  • On Monday, NBC reported that Trump was worried his legal team consisted of “fools that are making him look bad.”
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Multiple confidants of President Donald Trump are telling him the behavior and actions of his legal team are making him “look like an idiot,” as The Daily Beast put it, citing two people with knowledge of the conversations in a report Wednesday.

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who has acted as Trump’s personal attorney since 2018, was put in charge of the Trump campaign’s legal challenge to the US election result on November 14.

Since President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election, Trump has made few public appearances, leaving Giuliani to take center stage as Trump challenges the integrity of the election.

Giuliani’s conduct, including legal slipups, however, has drawn ridicule.



Rudy Giuliani wearing a suit and tie: Giuliani listening as Trump spoke in the White House Briefing Room on September 27. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images


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Giuliani listening as Trump spoke in the White House Briefing Room on September 27. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

On November 8, Giuliani hosted a press conference in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping, a Philadelphia garden center, in an apparent mix-up with the luxury hotel Four Seasons.

On November 19, during another press conference, Giuliani sweated so profusely that black liquid began running down his face.

Giuliani also used quotes from the movie “My Cousin Vinny” to support his claim the election was fraudulent.

—The Recount (@therecount) November 19, 2020

Trump aides thought the press conference was “dangerous,” the New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that day. “They’re waiting for the president to recognize that but he is not so far,” she said.

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On Monday, however, NBC News reported that Trump was losing patience with his legal team, with an official telling the outlet the president said it consisted of “fools that are making him look bad.”

As of Thursday, none of the Trump campaign’s 22 legal challenges to the US election results had been successful.

Several have been thrown out, prompting calls for Giuliani to have his legal license revoked.

On Tuesday, Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey wrote to state bars in Arizona, Michigan, New York, Nevada, and Pennsylvania asking for Giuliani and 22 other lawyers working for the Trump campaign to be disbarred.

“The egregious pattern of behavior by Mr. Giuliani to effectuate Mr. Trump’s sinister arson is a danger not just to our legal system but is also unprecedented in our national life,” he said.



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 9. Joe Raedle/Getty Images


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President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 9. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Inside the White House, reports have detailed how most of Trump’s closest advisors are actively avoiding his lawyers and trying to avoid discussing the election result at all.

In terms of why the US government, the Republican Party, and the Trump campaign are still spending time and money on Trump’s legal challenges, The Daily Beast quoted a senior administration official as saying Trump “wanted this to continue” and “everyone else has to fake it.”

Giuliani has also committed to remaining the president’s friend and personal attorney when he leaves the White House, The Daily Beast said.

While Trump is yet to concede the election, he is said to have accepted the loss in private.

Biden’s transition team has also begun its work, but Biden on Tuesday said Trump still hadn’t spoken with him.

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