January 19, 2021
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The Week

Giuliani calls for ‘trial by combat’ at D.C. rally

Rudy Giuliani is ready for a fight. A real, physical fight.Yes, that’s exactly what the former New York City mayor and top lawyer for President Trump suggested Wednesday at a rally in Washington, D.C. As some Republicans in Congress prepared to object to the Electoral College votes that proved President-elect Joe Biden’s win, Giuliani suggested they duke out their election dispute another way: “trial by combat.”The 2020 presidential election has already been decided, and high-level officials on both sides of the aisle have found no evidence of fraud that could’ve affected the results. Still, Trump’s closest allies have spent the past two months spreading baseless allegations of fraud, to the point that it may have jeopardized Republican turnout in Tuesday’s Georgia Senate runoff and cost the GOP its hold on the body. A swath of those Trump supporters descended on D.C. Wednesday for a rally outside Congress, where Giuliani and other objectors repeated their lies to the crowd.Giuliani repeated false claims about voting machines in key states that Biden won, insisting he see the machines that turned out “fraudulent” ballots (they didn’t). After all, Giuliani said he and Trump are both willing to “stake [our] reputation[s]” on finding fraud — “if we’re wrong, we will be made fools of,” he added. “So let’s have trial by combat,” Giuliani suggested.> “Over the next 10 days, we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent. And if we’re wrong, we will be made fools of. But if we’re right, and lot of them will go to jail. So — let’s have trial by combat” — Giuliani pic.twitter.com/QAYvnplCj7> > — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021Giuliani also seemed to hype himself up for that fight with his entrance music: “Macho Man,” which Giuliani perhaps didn’t know was already used to mock Trump on Saturday Night Live. > Rudy Giuliani arrives with “Macho Man” as his entry music pic.twitter.com/D2cuirmEyI> > — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021More stories from theweek.com Trump claims he’ll lead march to the Capitol, only to slip back to White House in motorcade Facebook removes Trump’s tepid call for protesters to back down, arguing it ‘contributes’ to risk of ongoing violence 7 scathing cartoons about Trump’s Georgia phone call