A recent report by New York Times journalists delves into Rudy Giuliani’s battle with alcoholism, shedding light on his pattern of excessive drinking, particularly before his appearances on Fox News.
Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City and one-time attorney for former President Donald Trump was known to frequently indulge in alcohol at the Havana Club, an exclusive members-only cigar lounge in Manhattan, just moments before going live on the conservative news network.
According to New York Times correspondents Matt Flegenheimer and Maggie Haberman, on occasions when Giuliani was overindulging, an associate would discreetly signal to other club members by mimicking a drinking motion, warning them to keep their distance from the inebriated former mayor.
Some of Giuliani’s political allies, witnessing his Scotch consumption before his Fox News interviews, would hurriedly find television to brace themselves for his often impassioned defenses of Trump, which became all the more unpredictable when he was inebriated.
Even MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton, a fellow member of the Havana Club, participated in what was described as a “running gag.” Members who opposed Trump playfully encouraged the club’s servers to double Giuliani’s liquor orders before his Fox News appearances, injecting a touch of humor into the situation.
Despite Giuliani’s previous prominence on Fox News, he has been conspicuously absent from the network for several years. This absence has not gone unnoticed, as Giuliani himself has frequently expressed his disappointment with the situation, according to reports cited by the Times.
“ON SOME NIGHTS WHEN MR. GIULIANI WAS OVERSERVED, AN ASSOCIATE DISCREETLY SIGNALED THE REST OF THE CLUB, TIPPING BACK HIS EMPTY HAND IN A DRINKING MOTION, OUT OF THE FORMER MAYOR’S LINE OF SIGHT, IN CASE OTHERS PREFERRED TO KEEP THEIR DISTANCE. SOME ALLIES, WATCHING MR. GIULIANI DOWN SCOTCH BEFORE LEAVING FOR FOX NEWS INTERVIEWS, WOULD SLIP AWAY TO FIND A TELEVISION, CLENCHING THROUGH HIS RICKETY DEFENSES OF MR. TRUMP.”
Giuliani’s struggles with alcohol have become a point of contention during various investigations, including those led by the Jan. 6 committee. Jason Miller, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, reportedly testified before the committee that Giuliani was under the influence of alcohol on the night of the 2020 election, further highlighting the extent of his drinking problem and its impact on his public life.