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Just hours before the Capitol Building insurrection last Wednesday, President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani called for “trial by combat” in front of a mob of angry Trump supporters, but now says he was “referencing ‘Game of Thrones,'” not calling for a violent battle.
Giuliani, along with President Trump and Donald Trump Jr., spoke in front of hundreds of protesters outside of the White House on the afternoon of January 6, 2021, as part of the “Save America” rally. Hours later, a group of pro-Trump supporters breached the Capitol Building, clashing with police and causing damage. Five people, including one police officer, were left dead after the insurrection.
At the “Save America” rally Giuliani repeated baseless claims about election fraud and told the audience, “If we are wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail. So let’s have trial by combat.”
Speaking to The Hill on Tuesday, Giuliani told reporter Brett Samuels that he was referencing “Game of Thrones,” which he called the “famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.”
“I was referencing the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England,” Giuliani told Samuels. “When Tyrion, who is a very small man, is accused of murder. He didn’t commit murder, he can’t defend himself, and he hires a champion to defend him.”
It’s unclear who Giuliani is referring to as the “Tyrion” in this story.
Giuliani went on to say that what he was actually referring to was a “trial between machines,” an allusion to the legal battles Trump has waged against Dominion Voting Systems. The president, along with Giuliani and pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, has often baselessly claimed that the voting machines were “rigged.”
“I’m talking about trial between machines,” he continued. “In fact, you’ll see it comes up exactly in the context of I challenge them to allow us to examine their machines. And then I say the consequences of the trial by combat will be if they prove that we’re wrong, well be exceedingly embraced, all be disgraced. If we prove that they’re wrong, they go to jail.”
Giuliani went on to say that his “trial by combat” comment was not actually a call to violence.
“It incited no violent response from the crowd,” he told Samuels. “None. The crowd didn’t jump up saying, ‘Lock him up, throw him to jail, go to hell.’ I’ve had speeches where people jump up and say, ‘lock him up’. It was not an emotional … it was not an emotional, inspiring part of the speech.”
Just an hour after Giuliani spoke, and Trump encouraged the crowd to “walk down to the Capitol” to “cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them,” a phalanx of the president’s supporters violently breached the Capitol Building.
Trump told the crowd, “You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, …read more
Source:: Business Insider