“Donald Trump Will Be in the Lead of His Obituary”: Ex–Rudy Giuliani Aide Dishes on Sweeping New CNN Doc
It was hard to forget January 6, 2021, while watching the Republican mess playing out in the Capitol yesterday, the second anniversary of a pro-Trump mob attacking this symbol of American democracy. For many of the same Republicans onscreen—such as Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Elise Stefanik, Matt Gaetz, and Lauren Boebert—were among the 139 House members who tried to overturn Joe Biden’s decisive victory in the hours after that deadly assault.
As Eric Lutz writes, McCarthy “voted against democracy, voted against impeachment, and truckled to Trump at Mar-a-Lago weeks after the Capitol attack—for the same reason he does everything: ambition.” Also, on the events of this past week, Molly Jong-Fast, wrote that “the Republican Party isn’t really a governing party anymore” but “an incubator for right-wing celebrities,” while Caleb Ecarma explored how that GOP drama was playing out on Fox News.
Meanwhile, on the media front, Joe Pompeo caught up with Ken Frydman, a former Rudy Giuliani aide serving as a consulting producer on CNN’s new documentary on the 9/11 hero turned Trump toady airing this weekend. “Donald Trump will be in the lead of his obituary,” said Frydman, “and that’s really sad.” Plus, Charlotte Klein dug into why the New York Times media column has been dormant for the past year. Thanks for reading and we’ll be back Monday morning.
—Michael Calderone, editor