(PresidentialWire.com)- The UK media was a bit up in arms this week after former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani did an impersonation of Queen Elizabeth II during a speech.
Giuliani was one of the notables who spoke at the annual September 11 dinner held at the Cipriani in New York. During his speech, Rudy recounted the time Queen Elizabeth had offered him an honorary knighthood for his leadership after the 9/11 attacks. And in so doing, Rudy feigned a British accent to impersonate the Queen.
Rudy rolled into the 9/11 dinner drunk out of his mind tonight. Here he is giving his Queen Elisabeth impression, and assuring the audience he was never with a young girl and Prince Andrew. pic.twitter.com/U40YSzS34X
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) September 12, 2021
Well, after the blowback from across the pond, Giuliani defended himself, saying it was outrageous to suggest he was trying to mock her. He said that he just liked to use an English accent, adding that sometimes he imitated Winston Churchill as well.
Giuliani told the UK Daily Mail that he and the Queen share a deep mutual respect for one another, and that Queen Elizabeth once told him that he was a great leader.
Giuliani’s jokes about the Queen’s son Prince Andrew who is a defendant in a civil suit brought by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, while noted in the British press, did not evoke nearly as much outrage as his imitation of Queen Elizabeth.
Giuliani’s speech was largely condemned and mocked from Leftists on social media and in the press, with many claiming that he was stumbling drunk – a claim Giuliani denies. He told the Daily Mail that though he did have a Scotch, he was not drunk when he spoke to the audience.
And while Giuliani denies that he was mocking the Queen, there is no doubt that he used his time at the mic to mock and attack President Joe Biden over his “insane” withdrawal from Afghanistan. He also had a lot of harsh words for Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, calling him an “idiot” and an “a**hole.”
Nonetheless, the news media both here and in the UK excoriated Giuliani for his speech – accusing him of being “sh*tfaced,” and “slurring his words.”
Those who were in attendance, however, had a far different view of Giuliani’s freewheeling speech, seeing it as a stand-up monologue, not a drunken rant. In addition to imitating the Queen’s British accent, Giuliani also did imitations of the mobsters he had locked up back in the day. But he also offered his praise for the NYPD, whom he lauded as “the best law enforcement agency in the world.”