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For the last year or two, whenever I read or hear about Rudy Giuliani, the description “Trump’s bizarre homunculus” goes through my head.

It is an odd enough turn of phrase that I figured I must have gotten it from somewhere. I finally did a search, and came up with this 2019 piece from The Atlantic about the aftermath of Trump’s Ukraine call, which led to his first impeachment:

In this matter, we need not rely on a newspaper account, nor even on the complaint, so far unseen, of a whistle-blower. Instead, we have a sweaty, panicked admission on national television by Trump’s bizarre homunculus, Rudy Giuliani, that he did in fact seek such an investigation on Trump’s behalf. Giuliani later again confirmed Trump’s role, tweeting that a “President telling a Pres-elect of a well known corrupt country he better investigate corruption that affects US is doing his job.”

I find it to be a near-perfect description of late-stage Giuliani, and I think it should be appended to every mention of him in the news.

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