Rudy Giuliani Suspended from WABC for False 2020 Election Claims

Former NYC Mayor Faces Intense Legal and Financial Turmoil.

by Nouman Rasool
Rudy Giuliani Suspended from WABC for False 2020 Election Claims
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Former New York City mayor and lawyer to former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, has been given the boot from WABC radio after the station aired false statements over the 2020 presidential election. Also included in the decision was the dropping of his daily talk show.

This was made known by John Catsimatidis, the Republican billionaire businessman who owns the radio station and said he had warned Giuliani on several times on content on his show. In an interview with the New York Times published after it reported on Giuliani's suspension, Catsimatidis said, "We warned him once.

We warned him twice. And despite getting texts from him last night and this morning, demanding to continue discussing these allegations, he left me no choice but to suspend him." Giuliani has been one of Trump's most fervent advocates, alleging massive fraud in the 2020 election—an allegation that has been widely disproven and stamped out by virtually every reputable fact-checking source.

Giuliani's Legal Battles

The controversies over Giuliani do not end with his radio show; he is facing severe legal challenges in relation to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. In December, a federal jury found Giuliani liable for defamation, ordering him to pay $148 million to two Georgia election workers.

The financial toll of these legal battles pushed Giuliani to declare bankruptcy and he is currently appealing the ruling. Moreover, Giuliani is facing criminal charges in Arizona and Georgia for his alleged role in attempting to subvert the election results.

In response to his firing, Giuliani took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to denounce the action as a suppression of free speech. He claimed the station's directive was overly broad, restricting him from discussing the election's legitimacy, allegations of election worker fraud, and his ongoing personal legal cases.

This latest development marks a significant fall from grace for Giuliani, who once held significant esteem as the mayor of America's largest city and as a figure of national prominence following the September 11 attacks.

His current legal and professional struggles reflect a contentious and polarizing figure in American politics, embroiled in the aftermath of one of the most disputed elections in recent history.