Rudy Giuliani speaks during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC, on 19 November 2020
Rudy Giuliani speaks during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC, on 19 November 2020
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Rudy Giuliani has been front and center as one of former President Donald Trump’s greatest allies and defenders.

This position, however, has led to numerous occasions that were presumably PR nightmares for both the lawyer and the administration itself. This includes his run-in with Borat, the infamous Four Seasons Total Landscaping press conference, hair dye or paint (or… something) dripping down his face, and of course the threat of disbarment after reiterating baseless claims that led to the Capitol riots.

But despite all of that, including claims that Trump is ‘refusing to pay’ Giuliani’s massive legal fees, New York City’s former mayor took another shot at standing up for the president on Twitter. Unfortunately for him, he made one critical error.

Responding to a tweet listing political ‘traitors’ ("I’ll never support the Republican Party again. I have ZERO in common with Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Ben Sasse, Liz Cheney, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, and 90% of the worthless backstabbers”) Giuliani tried to urge the same sentiment.

“How about we keep the Party of Lincoln, Reagan and Trump and the traitors leave.”

If you look carefully, Giuliani’s tweet does not include an ‘Oxford comma’ – essentially grouping Trump in with the traitors, instead of Lincoln and Reagan.

(Many modern-day Republicans are often eager to call themselves the “Party of Lincoln” while it is well-known that in the 1800s, the Republican party much more closely mirrored modern liberals).

Twitter jumped on the chance draw attention to the small but significant grammatical error: “A good example of why comma placement matters!” said journalist Grace Panetta.

“Incredible what a missed comma can do,” Steven Pasquale joked. People could not let the opportunity to quote Vampire Weekend slide either.  

This all comes as Giuliani is facing a $1.3bn lawsuit after he was accused of defaming voting machine company Dominion in a "big lie" campaign about widespread fraud in the presidential election, an effort to assist Trump in hindering the democratic process.

So it is sort of surprising that after all this, Giuliani is still willing to support his former boss – but for now he’s sticking with his guns. At least he may learn the importance of proper punctuation.

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