Twitter users greeted Rudy Giuliani’s warning about the dangers of misinformation with derision and disbelief.
Giuliani cautioned on Twitter this week how misinformation “has become a daily occurrence on social media platforms” that if unaddressed would “eventually lead to Jefferson’s worst nightmare of a poorly informed citizenry, which he saw as the greatest danger to democracy.”
Misinformation has become a daily occurrence on social media platforms. If continued unaddressed, it will eventually lead to Jefferson’s worst nightmare of a poorly informed citizenry, which he saw as the greatest danger to democracy.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) March 3, 2021
Critics recalled how Giuliani had, as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, been one of the main peddlers of the conspiracy theory that Trump had won the 2020 election.
The lie culminated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by a violent mob of Trump supporters intent on overturning the election result. At a pre-riot rally, Giuliani called for “trial by combat.”
Others reminded the former New York City mayor of the $1.3 billion lawsuit he faces for allegedly defaming Dominion Voting Systems with his election fraud falsehoods.
Many detractors mockingly suggested it was a parody post:
This must be a parody account.
— Nina Bina (@NinaBina4Peace) March 3, 2021
This might be THE most comical tweet I’ve seen
YOU, Rudy talking about others spreading disinformation?
Omg. Have you no shame?🤦♀️
— Better Days Ahead 🇺🇸😷 (@CanonTakeMeAway) March 3, 2021
You’re going to need a much stronger apology than that, Rudy.
— Autarkh (@Autarkh) March 4, 2021
Imma guess: “dire consequences of misinformation” are holding press conferences next door to dildo stores, hair dye melting your face, getting caught in Borat with a minor, and causing violent insurrection at the nation’s Capitol. Did I get them all?? Oh, and farting in court💩
— Mandolyn ‘Wear a Mask’ Hicks (@mandolynhicks) March 4, 2021
This is rich coming from Trump’s very own Minister of Misinformation.
— Bushdiver_BFMC109 (@RonnieRayGun) March 3, 2021
Guess what’s worse than misinformation, the President’s lawyer lying about the outcome of the election and working with foreign adversaries to interfere in the election. Also worse, what you did in the Borat movie. https://t.co/BKJfH4btBV
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) March 4, 2021
Uh, excuse me, but you are the chief spreader of misinformation. That is why you are being sued for $1.3 billion. Tell it to the court!
— Nadine McCombs Hansen, Juris Doctor (@UtSkeeter) March 3, 2021
The absolute shamelessness of this is jaw-dropping.
— Tom Coates (@tomcoates) March 4, 2021