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Giuliani goes off on ‘jerk’ Steve Hilton, doesn’t understand ‘what the heck’ he’s doing on Fox

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If you heard President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani speaking on Sinclair TV on Wednesday, you may have gotten the impression that there’s a new Shepard Smith at Fox News — and that’s he’s as much of a “lazy” “jerk” as the original one.

And this new Shepard Smith, you may have surmised, is British political commentator Steve Hilton, the host of FNC’s Sunday night program “The Next Revolution.”

While Giuliani didn’t actually say anything about Smith while speaking Wednesday with “America This Week” host Eric Bolling, the impression he left was indelible.

“This man is a disgrace because he’s a lazy journalist,” the former New York City mayor roared in anger. “The claim that I’m making money is false, defamatory, untrue, and he was too damn lazy to check it out. I don’t know what the heck Fox is doing for having that jerk on TV.”

Sounds just like Smith, doesn’t it?

Listen to Giuliani’s full statement below:

His discussion with Bolling centered on remarks Hilton made this past Sunday in which he urged Trump to dump Giuliani on the excessively dubious basis that he’s been “trying to enrich himself on the back of” their business relationship.

“It turns out that the former mayor’s own personal business interests are wrapped up in all this,” he said, referring to the ongoing whistleblower non-scandal. “To put it simply, [Giuliani’s] been trying to enrich himself on the back of his relationship with President Trump. And you know what? I’m just fed up with the lot of them. Rudy Giuliani was a great mayor and a great leader, but he has turned into an unmitigated — and now, it seems, unethical — disaster. … It’s time to dump these toxic chumps.”

As Giuliani would later go on to note Wednesday evening on Sinclair, these stunningly tenuous accusations were based on a “bombshell report” from The New York Times, an outlet known for sometimes flubbing its “bombshell reports.”

Yet Hilton accepted the accusations as stone cold facts and then parroted them to his viewers — a fact that, according to Giuliani, makes him deserving of being sued.

“I think maybe I should sue,” he declared, before going on to dispute the Times’ accusations against him.

“First of all, I don’t have any financial interests in Ukraine. None. Zero,” he said. “That is a total lie of The New York Times, which he repeated. Number two, he didn’t have the energy, the common sense or the integrity to call me and ask me, where I could have told him I have no financial interest.”

“He should know I’m representing the president of the United States for free because I don’t want those questions raised. I’ve not gotten a penny for it, and I don’t want a penny for it. I’m representing him because I believe, from the very beginning, that he was being framed. I’m now sure that he was being framed, and I’m now sure it was part of a conspiracy.”

Attorney General Bill Barr shares this sentiment.

Giuliani has also blasted Hilton on Twitter:

After dropping his “lazy journalist” line, the former NYC mayor then returned to the topic of potentially suing Hilton.

“I just find it outrageous that you would make claims like that against a person who’s been on Fox a thousand times, who’s totally available to the press,” he said. “All that lazy guy had to do was call and ask me, and I could have told him.”

“And I know Times v. Sullivan, I’ve litigated libel cases. Sounds to me that he went over the line. He went over the line in being malicious and being reckless. And I’m going to consider a lawsuit against him because he’s not even man enough to apologize for his laziness.”

Times v. Sullivan is is a landmark case from the 1960s in which the Supreme Court ruled that a public official or person running for public office must prove intent of “actual malice” when suing for defamation.

“Will you sue Fox as well?” Bolling then asked as the discussion continued.

Giuliani suggested that he won’t because “You know I love Fox!”

As for Hilton …

“I grant people the right to make mistakes, but this guy hasn’t had the graciousness to call and apologize,” he said. “He lied about me. He defamed me. Everything he said is untrue. And he based it on The New York Times! Give me a break! The New York Times hasn’t written a true thing about me since the day I started representing Trump!”

Vivek Saxena

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