The New York gubernatorial race is heating up among the Republican hopefuls, and as Representative Lee Zeldin and Andrew Giuliani enter the home stretch, it’s do or die.
At one point during the final debate, Zeldin and Giuliani got into a verbal slap fight over their respective roles during former President Donald Trump’s administration.
“This is a guy who a couple of years ago said that President Trump made racist statements and lied to you last night ladies and gentlemen. Unfortunately, he’s going to flip and flop,” Giuliani said of Zeldin, referring to comments the latter made years ago on CNN.
“What I was doing in that interview was that I said that ‘President Trump was not a racist’ and this CNN host kept trying to get me to admit to it and I said ‘he’s not a racist.’ And that’s unfortunate,” Zeldin said in his own defense.
“You said in your definition that he is racist in terms of the comments that he said,” Giuliani pointed out.
It was around this point that Zeldin had enough of Giuliani’s antics and attempts to smear him.
“Listen, for someone whose claim to fame was that Chris Farley made fun of him on ‘Saturday Night Live’ for being an obnoxious kid, who ends up becoming more obnoxious and getting kicked off the Duke golf team,” the representative snarked.
But he wasn’t done. He reminded Giuliani of his errand-boy role in the Trump White House.
“And then you basically get a position as the Chick-Fil-A runner at the White House, outranked by the Easter Egg Bunny.”
Former Westchester Executive Rob Astorino and businessman Harry Wilson are also bidding to become the next Republican governor of New York, and were on the stage during the debate, hosted by Newsmax.
Twitter reaction to the spirited exchanges was mixed:
Actually Giuliani came out the winner
— moses (@moshiach1836) June 22, 2022
— Giuseppe Ciccarone (@verdepervita) June 22, 2022
@JaniceDean Zeldin is the only candidate promising to help investigate the nursing home scandal. Andrew Giuliani seems to dodge to answer if he would.
— Jose Perez (@jnicer3289) June 22, 2022
Sounds like a complement. Best chicken sandwiches ever!
— jerseygrown 🇺🇸 (@jerseygrown82) June 22, 2022
— SheShootz (@BossLadyInvestn) June 22, 2022
SaveNY vote Andrew Giuliani , The Only Real MAGA candidate! 🇺🇸
— Penny CIA (@CiaPenny) June 21, 2022
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