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Rudy Giuliani Admits To One “Watered-Down” Drink Before 9/11 Speech

Rudy Giuliani Admits To One “Watered-Down” Drink Before 9/11 Speech

Rudy Giuliani is admitting that he was under the influence of alcohol for a speech on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, although he insists it was only one drink, that it was watered down, and that he’s not even sure if he finished it.

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After Giuliani’s rambling speech on 9/11, the immediate public consensus was that the former mayor was drunk. He’s been asked about his drinking habits before, and has insisted that changes in culture, not an alcohol problem, have affected his reputation.

According to Alternet, Giuliani, who was Mayor of New York City on the day that planes hit the World Trade Center, says that he had consumed a drink at dinner before speaking at the 20th anniversary commemoration of that attack, but insists that he wasn’t drunk, and that there’s a conspiracy to paint him that way.

“Yes, of course, I had a scotch at the beginning of dinner. Beyond that, I didn’t have — it was watered down. Not even sure I drank the whole damn thing.”

Giuliani’s drinking, or lack thereof, has particularly been a matter of public speculation since Michael Cohen’s assertions, as reported by Newsweek, that the man who replaced him as Trump’s personal attorney is “drunk all the time.”

The morning of 9/11, Giuliani tweeted about how difficult it was for him to attend the ceremonies connected to that day.

Two weeks prior to that speech, he told NBC New York that he doesn’t think he’s ever done an interview while drunk, despite rumors and supposition to the contrary, and that anyone in the previous administration and related social circles who says he’s an alcoholic is just lying.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done an interview drunk. I mean, I drink normally. I like Scotch, I drink Scotch,” Giuliani said, explaining, “I’m not an alcoholic. I’m a functioning, I probably function more effectively than 90 percent of the population.”

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