Rudy Giuliani claims ‘trial by combat’ just ‘Game of Thrones quote’

Rudy Giuliani claimed he was just quoting ‘Game of Thrones‘ when he shouted to the crowd at last Wednesday’s ‘Save America’ rally, ‘let’s have trial by combat!’ before members stormed the Capitol. 

In an interview with The Hill newspaper, President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer explained he was referring to ‘the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.’  

‘When Tyrion, who is a very small man, is accused of murder. He didn’t commit murder, he can’t defend himself, and he hires a champion to defend him,’ Giuliani said. 

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's private attorney, told The Hill newspaper that he was quoting 'Game of Thrones' when he told the 'Save America' rally crowd last Wednesday that he wanted a 'trial by combat.' Members of the crowd later attacked the U.S. Capitol Building

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s private attorney, told The Hill newspaper that he was quoting ‘Game of Thrones’ when he told the ‘Save America’ rally crowd last Wednesday that he wanted a ‘trial by combat.’ Members of the crowd later attacked the U.S. Capitol Building  

Giuliani told the newspaper that he was talking about 'the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.' He was referencing Tyrion Lannister, played in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' by Peter Dinklage (pictured)

Giuliani told the newspaper that he was talking about ‘the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.’ He was referencing Tyrion Lannister, played in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ by Peter Dinklage (pictured)

Giuliani said he was talking about a 'trial by combat' in terms of having someone from both sides examine Dominion voting machines, insisting his suggestion was non-violent. In 'Game of Thrones' the trial resulted in Bronn (left) slitting the throat of Ser Vardis Egen (right)

Giuliani said he was talking about a ‘trial by combat’ in terms of having someone from both sides examine Dominion voting machines, insisting his suggestion was non-violent. In ‘Game of Thrones’ the trial resulted in Bronn (left) slitting the throat of Ser Vardis Egen (right) 

Bronn (right) then tosses Ser Vardis Egen (center) through the 'moon door,' a hole in the floor that sends the knight plunging to his death if the neck wound didn't get it done. Giuliani said his remarks to the crowd 'incited no violent response'

Bronn (right) then tosses Ser Vardis Egen (center) through the ‘moon door,’ a hole in the floor that sends the knight plunging to his death if the neck wound didn’t get it done. Giuliani said his remarks to the crowd ‘incited no violent response’ 

Giuliani was referring to Tyrion Lannister – the character played by actor Peter Dinklage – and an incident that happened to him in the hit HBO show’s first season. 

‘Game of Thrones’ is a fully fictional series based on books by fantasy writer George R. R. Martin.

In the particular episode Giuliani was likely referring to, Lannister was falsely accused of murdering one character, Jon Arryn, and plotting to kill another, Bran Stark. 

‘I demand a trial by combat,’ Lannister said when Arryn’s widow Lysa tried to throw him back in her ‘sky cell’ dungeon. 

She chooses Ser Vardis Egen to fight in her honor, while Lannister gets help from Bronn, a knight he met at an inn on his journey.  

In his interview with The Hill, Giuliani tried to push the idea that the ‘trial by combat’ suggestion was non-violent. 

In the show, Egen and Bronn fight. Bronn slits Egen’s throat. And then Bronn tosses Egen through a ‘moon door,’ a hole in the floor that sends the knight plunging to his death if the neck wound didn’t get it done.   

In a later episode of ‘Game of Thrones,’ when Lanniser is involved in yet another trial by combat, a character nicknamed ‘The Mountain’ wins the challenge by crushing the skull of Oberyn Martell, played by ‘Mandalorian’ star Pedro Pascal. 

Giuliani told The Hill that at the rally he was asking for a ‘trial between machines’  – essentially a call to have the ‘crooked’ Dominion voting machines examined.      

‘I’m willing to stake my reputation, the president is willing to stake his reputation that we’re going to find criminality there,’ Giuliani said at the rally that kickstarted the Capitol Hill riot. ‘Is Joe Biden willing to stake his reputation that there’s no crime there? No.’

To The Hill he explained, ‘I challenge them to allow us to examine their machines. And then I say the consequences of the trial by combat will be if they prove that they’re wrong, we’ll be exceedingly embarrassed, we’ll be disgraced.’ 

‘If we prove they’re wrong, they go to jail,’ Giuliani added. 

Election officials, including in states like Georgia where the top officials are Republicans, have called claims of Dominion machines changing ballots nonsense. 

Dominion has sued another Trump-associated lawyer, Sidney Powell, for defamation over ‘wild accusations’ she made about the company.   

The former New York City mayor again said he explained ‘trial by combat’ in the ‘proper context.’  

‘It incited no violent response from the crowd,’ he insisted. ‘None. The crowd didn’t jump up saying, “lock him up, throw him in jail, go to hell.” I’ve had speeches where people jump up and say, “lock him up.” It was not emotional. It was not an emotion-inspiring part of the speech.’ 

‘So to try and take it out of context and use it is typical of the crooked left and press,’ Giuliani argued.     

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