If Donald Trump’s sycophantic loyalists could be rated on a scale, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani would probably test off the charts. Not only is Giuliani a long-time personal friend of Trump, but he’s also one of the main attorneys defending him against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. However, it seems that Giuliani is uncharacteristically pulling his lips away from his master’s orange backside to support a GOP primary candidate who is opposing an incumbent being endorsed by Trump.
Recently Trump threw his personal support behind Louisiana Republican incumbent Rep. Clay Higgins, giving the lawmaker a much-needed boost in his local primary race. However, Giuliani is set to travel to Louisiana on Monday to lend his full support to Higgins’ primary opponent, Josh Guillory, the long-shot candidate who’s also employing the former mayor’s current girlfriend, Republican fundraiser Jennifer LeBlanc.
Giuliani’s support is even more awkward given that most GOP leaders typically support sitting incumbents, rather than try to dislodge them. His move has outraged senior Republicans, who accuse him of putting his girlfriend over the best interests of the party.
A few days ago, aides to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who’s dean of the Louisiana House delegation, contacted the White House to protest Giuliani’s visit and reiterate their boss’s support for Trump’s candidate. Other officials within Louisana’s Republican party have also reached out to the Trump administration on this matter.
On Wednesday, Trump met with Higgins to personally offer his support, according to two sources close to the situation. On the same day, aides for Higgins contacted the White House Office of Political Affairs to set up a public endorsement for their candidate.
“We are pleased to announce our support for Rep. Clay Higgins in his race for reelection to the 3rd District of Louisiana today following a personal endorsement by President Trump,” said Lara Trump, Trump’s daughter-in-law and a senior official on the reelection campaign. “Clay Higgins is a law and order Congressman who has been a great supporter of President Trump, especially the president’s historic tax cuts that have created new jobs and growth for the people of the 3rd District of Louisiana.”
Interestingly, LeBlanc worked for Higgins up until late last year, when she unexpectedly switched sides and started working for Guillory’s campaign.
On Thursday, LeBlanc sent out a statement addressing her campaign role as well as her relationship with Giuliani.
“To be certain, I ended work with Congressman Higgins, and later began work with Josh Guillory, well before I began spending part of my social life with Mayor Rudy Giuliani,” she said. “These three decisions in my life were made for very different reasons, and are independent of each other.”
There are also reports that Trump’s become increasingly frustrated with his friend turned attorney over recent weeks, as Giuliani has made increasingly bizarre and perhaps damaging statements regarding the Mueller investigation.
In June, Giuliani made the stunning admission on national television suggesting that Trump shouldn’t testify before Mueller because his relationship with the truth is always very strong.
Asked about shifting explanations for statement on Trump Tower meeting, Rudy Giuliani tells @GStephanopoulos:
“This is the reason you don’t let the president testify. Our recollection keeps changing, or we’re not even asked a question and somebody makes an assumption.” pic.twitter.com/Ya0dK1KenB
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 3, 2018
With friends like Giuliani, Trump hardly needs enemies. Lucky for us, he has both as the freakshow trainwreck known as the Trump presidency continues its slow-motion descent toward its inevitable fiery crash. Stay stocked up on plenty of popcorn folks.
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