Commentary: Is Rudy Giuliani Getting Too Thin-Skinned For Twitter Replies?
Rudy Giuliani has a lot to say, and he says it in a lot of places, from a parking lot by a sex shop, to Twitter, to the podcast he uses to rant about election issues and sell Mike Lindell’s MyPillow products. (Seriously, if you haven’t seen Rudy do the ad where he ‘discovers’ that Lindell also sells sheets and bedroom slippers, take a minute and go watch it.)
But just because Giuliani wants to talk, doesn’t mean he wants to listen, too.
He’s been blocking people on social media for a while. In fact, I’m one of them.
I would love to personally congratulate Rudy Giuliani for being disbarred, but he has me blocked on twitter. pic.twitter.com/M8vSVFAQzU
— Tami (@tamijobrown) June 24, 2021
I don’t want to brag, but Rudy Giuliani blocked me!
— Watton Thirlwater (@ddchadwick1) June 25, 2021
Oh heck Giuliani blocked me. pic.twitter.com/VWMb7tM4cH
— Anthony Yarus 💉💉 (@ablnk) June 27, 2021
Blocking (as long as you’re not an elected representative keeping your constituents from reaching you) is, of course, not only permissible but healthy. I’m not condemning anyone for blocking — I block people myself. Not everyone needs access to your life, and anyone who is making your social media experience less pleasant doesn’t have to be there.
Still, when a public figure is doing it (especially to those who report on his political activism) it stands out.
Rudy Giuliani was the Mayor of New York City. He was the personal attorney to Donald Trump. He stood at public podiums and shouted lies about the 2020 election.
All of this to say, he’s not a guy for whom public criticism should be a novel experience. In addition, one has to wonder how he ever has time to read responses to his Twitter posts.
Well, either he’s reading them and not getting happy thoughts from the feedback, or he’s having a fumble-fingers day on his touch-screen, because his latest post — promoting a radio show that’s attacking Vice President Kamala Harris over the suffering of child immigrants at the border — is set with limited replies.
Let’s look again at that last part.
Who can reply?
People @RudyGiuliani follows or mentioned can reply.
This is a setting that can be turned on while posting, so it’s available for individual posts without affecting the rest, which means Giuliani is still getting feedback on the rest of his tweets.
Alan needs a refresher course in lawyering imo. A suspension means, Rudy, you will be given due process before you permanently lose the right to practice law.
— Marty & mom 🐕🦺🐈⬛🐈⬛ (@colleengrott) June 27, 2021
I believe these are exactly the sort of lies that just got your law license suspended, champ. But do go on . . . https://t.co/NqW2JLMSoe
— Laura Walker ⚖🍸🇺🇸 🏴 (@LauraWalkerKC) June 24, 2021
Some of the responses to Rudy are pretty harsh, and many of them simply share plain facts — but perhaps unwelcome ones. Is that why he’s putting in the effort — blocking and limiting posts — to keep from hearing it?