Steve Hilton defends ‘toxic chumps’ piece after Giuliani called him a ‘jerk … lazy journalist’

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Fox News’ Steve Hilton stood firm on his recent criticism of Rudy Giuliani in the wake of the Ukraine controversy.

The host of “The Next Revolution” clarified that he had no personal “feud” with President Trump’s attorney but made a point on his show Sunday to defend his critiques and say he would “continue to call it as I see it.”

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Hilton referred to a monologue from his show last week in which he urged Trump to disassociate himself from “toxic chumps” like his lawyer Giuliani. He unloaded on the former New York City mayor as an “unethical disaster” and called out other “grifters” who have led the president “astray” in the Ukraine controversy.

Giuliani fired back at Hilton, calling him a “jerk” and suggesting he might file a lawsuit over the accusations he made about him “trying to enrich himself on the back of” his relationship with the president.

“This man is a disgrace because he’s a lazy journalist,” Giuliani told “America This Week” host Eric Bolling. “The claim that I’m making money is false, defamatory, untrue, and he was too damn lazy to check it out.”

“I grant people the right to make mistakes, but this guy hasn’t had the graciousness to call and apologize,” Giuliani said. “He lied about me. He defamed me.”

Hilton responded Sunday by reiterating that he thought Giuliani, who led New York City as mayor through the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was “a transformational man and an inspirational leader.”

“I have absolutely no wish to get into any kind of feud or fight with him,” he said adding that “in this impeachment battle, the enemy is clear.”

“We know the Democrats…have been wanting to impeach this president since the day he has been elected, but in my opinion, Rudy Giuliani and his associates inadvertently helped provide the Democrats with their latest ridiculous pretext,” Hilton said.

“That’s what I mean when I say that the president is not always well served by the people around him – something I’ve never been shy of pointing out,” he added.

Hilton had noted in last week’s monologue that the former mayor’s “own personal business interests are wrapped up in all this,” referring to the Ukraine controversy brought on by a whistleblower complaint against Trump over his phone call with that nation’s president.

“I know some of you didn’t like what I said. I know you feel loyalty to Rudy Giuliani not least because of his loyalty to President Trump, and I totally get that,” Hilton told viewers Sunday.

“But my loyalty is not to any one person but to all of you.  My job is to tell you the truth as I see it, so you know that whatever I say on whatever topic is my sincerely held belief and I will continue to call it as I see it and to stand up for your interest,” he said.

“Sometimes I’ll get it wrong, sometimes you won’t agree,” he added, “but you can always be sure I’ll give it to you straight.”

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