Rudy off the rails at awards dinner
Things got more than weird at an awards event in New York City last week during which former mayor Rudy Giuliani, who had been invited to say a few words about leadership, went wildly off the rails and straight into Alt-right territory:
The event was the 40 under 40 Dinner hosted by the Commercial Finance Association at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. … [O]n Monday the CFA felt compelled to send out an email to attendees and members apologizing for Giuliani’s “unscripted personal opinions.” Less delicately, the apology was required because what CFA CEO Bob Trojan delicately termed ‘unscripted personal opinions’ would more frankly be called racist digressions, jokes and jabs. …
[An] article [in this week’s New York Observer] doesn’t say precisely what Giuliani said. But these three paragraphs give some flavor.
The remarks Giuliani made to the Commercial Finance Association Thursday have not been publicly reported. But an attendee told the Observer the crowd was “shocked” by Giuliani’s comments and that some people began complaining about his speech almost immediately after it was over.
“Rudy talked about immigration and made a really, really inappropriate comment about the quote-unquote Mexicans in the kitchen at the Waldorf,” the attendee said. “It was bad. You could hear a pin drop. I think he was looking for applause.”
A second person in attendance also recalled a remark about Mexicans coming to the country to work illegally in kitchens.
Josh Marshall has some perspective on the incident and both Rudy’s and Donald Trump’s history at TPM.