Rudy Giuliani claims ‘trial by combat’ just ‘Game of Thrones quote’

Rudy Giuliani claimed he was just quoting ‘Game of Thrones‘ when he shouted to the crowd at last Wednesday’s ‘Save America’ rally, ‘let’s have trial by combat!’ before members stormed the Capitol.  

‘I’m willing to stake my reputation, the president is willing to stake his reputation that we’re going to find criminality there,’ Giuliani said at the rally that kickstarted the Capitol Hill riot. ‘Is Joe Biden willing to stake his reputation that there’s no crime there? No.’ 

In an interview with The Hill newspaper, President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer explained he was referring to ‘the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.’  

‘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,’ Giuliani said. 

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s private attorney, told The Hill newspaper that he was quoting ‘Game of Thrones’ when he told the ‘Save America’ rally crowd last Wednesday that he wanted a ‘trial by combat.’ Members of the crowd later attacked the U.S. Capitol Building  

Giuliani told the newspaper that he was talking about 'the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.' He was referencing Tyrion Lannister, played in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' by Peter Dinklage (pictured)

Giuliani told the newspaper that he was talking about ‘the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.’ He was referencing Tyrion Lannister, played in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ by Peter Dinklage (pictured)

Giuliani said he was talking about a 'trial by combat' in terms of having someone from both sides examine Dominion voting machines, insisting his suggestion was non-violent. In 'Game of Thrones' the trial resulted in Bronn (left) slitting the throat of Ser Vardis Egen (right)

Giuliani said he was talking about a ‘trial by combat’ in terms of having someone from both sides examine Dominion voting machines, insisting his suggestion was non-violent. In ‘Game of Thrones’ the trial resulted in Bronn (left) slitting the throat of Ser Vardis Egen (right) 

Bronn (right) then tosses Ser Vardis Egen (center) through the 'moon door,' a hole in the floor that sends the knight plunging to his death if the neck wound didn't get it done. Giuliani said his remarks to the crowd 'incited no violent response'

Bronn (right) then tosses Ser Vardis Egen (center) through the ‘moon door,’ a hole in the floor that sends the knight plunging to his death if the neck wound didn’t get it done. Giuliani said his remarks to the crowd ‘incited no violent response’ 

Giuliani was referring to Tyrion Lannister – the character played by actor Peter Dinklage – and an incident that happened to him in the hit HBO show’s first season. 

‘Game of Thrones’ is a fully fictional series based on books by fantasy writer George R. R. Martin.

In the particular episode Giuliani was likely referring to, Lannister was falsely accused of murdering one character, Jon Arryn, and plotting to kill another, Bran Stark. 

‘I demand a trial by combat,’ Lannister said when Arryn’s widow Lysa tried to throw him back in her ‘sky cell’ dungeon. 

She chooses Ser Vardis Egen to fight in her honor, while Lannister gets help from Bronn, a knight he met at an inn on his journey.  

In his interview with The Hill, Giuliani tried to push the idea that the ‘trial by combat’ suggestion was non-violent. 

In the show, Egen and Bronn fight. Bronn slits Egen’s throat. And then Bronn tosses Egen through a ‘moon door,’ a hole in the floor that sends the knight plunging to his death if the neck wound didn’t get it done.   

In a later episode of ‘Game of Thrones,’ when Lanniser is involved in yet another trial by combat, a character nicknamed ‘The Mountain’ wins the challenge by crushing the skull of Oberyn Martell, played by ‘Mandalorian’ star Pedro Pascal. 

Giuliani told The Hill that at the rally he was asking for a ‘trial between machines’  – essentially a call to have the ‘crooked’ Dominion voting machines examined.      

To The Hill he explained, ‘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 they’re wrong, we’ll be exceedingly embarrassed, we’ll be disgraced.’ 

‘If we prove they’re wrong, they go to jail,’ Giuliani added. 

Election officials, including in states like Georgia where the top officials are Republicans, have called claims of Dominion machines changing ballots nonsense. 

Dominion has sued another Trump-associated lawyer, Sidney Powell, for defamation over ‘wild accusations’ she made about the company.   

The former New York City mayor again said he explained ‘trial by combat’ in the ‘proper context.’  

‘It incited no violent response from the crowd,’ he insisted. ‘None. The crowd didn’t jump up saying, “lock him up, throw him in jail, go to hell.” I’ve had speeches where people jump up and say, “lock him up.” It was not emotional. It was not an emotion-inspiring part of the speech.’ 

‘So to try and take it out of context and use it is typical of the crooked left and press,’ Giuliani argued. 

In his election challenge push, Giuliani held a notorious press conference held in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping outside Philadelphia in November, leading to speculation that the location had been booked in the belief it was the posh Four Seasons hotel

In his election challenge push, Giuliani held a notorious press conference held in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping outside Philadelphia in November, leading to speculation that the location had been booked in the belief it was the posh Four Seasons hotel

At another election fraud press conference, at the Republican National Committee in Washington DC, an agitated and sweaty Giuliani appeared to be melting on live TV

At another election fraud press conference, at the Republican National Committee in Washington DC, an agitated and sweaty Giuliani appeared to be melting on live TV

The former New York mayor is however facing his own difficulties with his client.

Trump expressed disappointment with some of Giuliani’s legal moves in challenging the election results, and did not appreciate his demand for $20,000 a day in the failed push, two officials told the Washington Post.

The officials said the president is also demanding to personally approve all expenses incurred by Giuliani in his multi-state legal campaign to prove election fraud, which quickly fizzled in court. 

Stripped of his ability to air his grievances on Twitter as the House on Wednesday voted to impeach him for a second time, Trump is said by insiders to be wallowing in ‘self-pity’ and furious that his allies – including Giuliani – aren’t publicly defending him.  

‘The president is pretty wound up,’ one senior administration official told the Post. ‘No one is out there’ defending him, he added. 

As the House debated impeachment on Wednesday, Trump’s press secretary did not mount a public defense, his aides blasted out no talking points, and there was little effort to whip Republican votes against the Democrats’ impeachment push.

Among Trump’s remaining inner circle, there is said to be little appetite for defending the president for his actions on January 6, when he whipped his rally into a frenzy and told them to march on the Capitol. 

‘I’m told from sources close to the White House that the president is in self-pity mode, that he is increasingly isolated inside the White House,’ CNN senior Washington correspondent Pamela Brown said on-air Wednesday.

‘The president for his part believes — is upset that no one is defending him,’ she added. 

‘Even those who have defended the president fiercely all these years are saying privately that no one else got him here but himself, the reason why he was impeached twice was his fault and no one else’s,’ Brown said. 

Amid the strain, Trump’s relationship with Giuliani may be fracturing – although the president’s lawyer is one of the few who have vigorously defended him in public, insisting that Trump’s actions were not incitement.

Giuliani has been a key legal advisor to Trump in his election challenge, after leading a leading a personal crusade to unearth potential dirt on Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.

The former New York City mayor’s legal charge challenging the election took bizarre turns at times, such as the notorious press conference held in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping outside Philadelphia.

It led to speculation that the location had been mistakenly booked in the belief that it was the upscale Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in Center City, although the incident was never fully explained.

At another press conference, at the Republican National Committee in Washington DC, an agitated and sweaty Giuliani appeared to be melting on live TV, with some kind of hair dye dripping down the side of his face.

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