Giuliani’s Grand Misstep: Race, Reputation, and the High Price of Falsehoods


Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani speaks to reporters as he leaves his apartment building in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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In a striking decision from Washington D.C., former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani lost a defamation suit to Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss.

The loss could mean a heavy price tag for Giuliani, who recently admitted to making false statements about the workers, implying they tampered with ballots in the 2020 election. The result of those false statements: Freeman and Moss endured threats, emotional distress, and reputational damage.

FILE – Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, a former Georgia election worker, is comforted by her mother Ruby Freeman, right, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. On Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, a federal judge declined to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani by Moss and Freeman, who served as election workers in Georgia in November 2020. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Judge Beryl Howell voiced stern criticism, noting Giuliani’s failure to cooperate adequately in the case. That failure could now cost him thousands, if not millions, in damages. Giuliani has already been sanctioned nearly $90,000 in this case.

While the exact value of damages remains undecided, one thing is clear: this isn’t about just money. As Freeman and Moss stated, what they went through after the 2020 election was a “living nightmare.”

As their journey for justice continues, a significant question arises: What’s the real cost of spreading false information?

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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