President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani on Friday said that he thinks former Vice President Joe Biden is “dumb” when asked about comments he made earlier in the day calling Biden a “mentally deficient idiot.”
During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, when Giuliani was asked if he thought Biden was stupid, Giuliani said no, but with an additional comment.
“In that category, I think he is,” Giuliani said, discussing Biden’s school record. “I think that explains the plagiarism. I think the plagiarism is very serious. I don’t think he’ll ever get beyond that.”
Giuliani was thinking of Biden’s decades-old admission which he accidentally plagiarized in his first year at Syracuse University Law.
Biden told The New York Times that the reason why it looked like plagiarism is that he didn’t understand at the time how to properly cite his sources.
Giuliani also stated that he didn’t mean to call the former vice president a “mentally deficient idiot,” as he did in an interview with the Huffington Post, by adding that he only wanted to attack Biden’s intelligence.
“I didn’t mean that, I meant that he’s dumb,” Giuliani told Cuomo when asked about his comments.
The former New York City mayor repeated his claim that Biden was last in his law school class. According to The Associated Press in 1987, Biden graduated 76th in a law school class of 85.
Giuliani also added that Biden had a “plagiarism problem” in law school and as a senator and said it “indicated something about character.”
“I was asked if he’d be a formidable candidate. I said no, he’d be someone that I think the President would like to run against. He never did well as a national candidate,” Giuliani said of Biden.
“I would prefer to see him as the candidate….I would think it’d have to be somebody, a surprise, not a retread from Obama, Clinton,” Giuliani added.