Rudy Giuliani stoked concerns about his well-being Friday morning with a tweet containing a backhanded apology to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for circulating a fake video ofher appearing incoherent during public events.
‘ivesssapology for a video which is allegedly is a caricature of an otherwise halting speech pattern,’ tweeted Giuliani, one of President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyers.
‘[S]he should first stop, and apologize for, saying the President needs an “intervention.” Are’
The tweet ended there, leading some on Twitter to speculate that Giuliani was drunk in the 9:00 a.m. hour.
It’s unclear whether his opening word, a slurred-speech mashup, was itself a parody of the video that journalists debunked as a fraud on Thursday.
Trump lawyer Rudi Giuliani tweeted a pair of messages at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday including one that featured the typed equivalent of slurred speech and a cryptic basketball GIF
Giuliani’s first tweet began with an unintelligible word and ended mid-sentence, driving speculation online that he might have been drinking
Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, tweeted a replacement message without erasing the first, and hasn’t explained the basketball video snippet
Giuliani did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.
He also included a GIF image of players from an NBA team putting their hands in the air, a motion signifying a 3-point shot. He didn’t explain its significance.
A half-hour later he tweeted again, this time in words that sounded lucid and forceful, to make the same point.
‘Nancy Pelosi wants an apology for a caricature exaggerating her already halting speech pattern,’ he wrote. ‘First she should withdraw her charge which hurts our entire nation when she says the President needs an “intervention. “People who live in a glass house shouldn’t throw stones.”’
Giuliani never deleted his earlier mangled tweet.
The former New York City mayor was pilloried online Thursday for sharing the faked video of Pelosi, which included slow-motion footage that made her words sounds slurred – and made her appear drunk.
Giuliani shared a faked video of Pelosi slurring her speech on Thursday with his 316,000 Twitter followers
The original video came from Pelosi’s remarks on Wednesday at the Center for American Progress Ideas Conference, where she spoke about President Donald Trump walking out of an infrastructure meeting with Democrats earlier that day.
The altered version was posted by Politics WatchDog – a conservative group on Facebook – and quickly went viral.
Giuliani later shared the altered clip on Twitter, writing: ‘What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi? Her speech pattern is bizarre’.
He deleted that tweet 15 minutes later, after Twitter users pointed out that it had been doctored.
Two hours later, Giuliani tweeted a message about the Mueller report that began: ‘How do the Dems get away with their dishonesty?’
Pelosi was the target of the misinformation campaign when a video of her speaking on stage was altered to make it appear she was slurring her words
A Washington Post analysis found the video he shared had been slowed to about 75 percent of its original speed.
It also appears that the sound of Pelosi’s voice was changed so the slowed speech would not deeped the pitch of her voice.
Trump later tweeted a different video, a mashup of Pelosi stumbling over her words during the speech, tweeting: “PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE”.’
That video did not include altered segments.