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Rudy Giuliani blasts Joe Scarborough: 'I'm more aware and intelligent' than he is

In the latest feud where you don't want to take either side, Rudy Giuliani and Joe Scarborough are going at it, with accusations of alcoholism and stupidity being bandied about.

It started on Tuesday morning, when the Morning Joe host declared that President Trump's new lawyer was "falling asleep 5 minutes into meetings," "drinking too much," and "losing it." This is all false, Giuliani told Politico. "I'm a lot more aware and intelligent than Joe has ever been and a lot more accomplished," he added. "Joe hasn't been knighted by the Queen of England. He hasn't run a U.S. attorney's office, much less a city that he turned around or went through 9/11."

Since joining Trump's legal team, Giuliani has made quite the impression, with people wondering about his eyes bugging out and the spilling of previously unknown details — like Trump reimbursing lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment to a porn star — on live television. Giuliani said he's a social drinker who only imbibes at night "with cigars," and was "insulted" when Politico asked him if his behavior is linked to drinking. "It's extremely insulting," he said. "There's no proof of any kind that I take too much alcohol. It's ridiculous."

Friends say Giuliania's still as sharp as ever, but Sol Wisenberg, a former deputy counsel on Kenneth Starr's prosecutorial team, has coined a new nickname, telling Politico: "They should change his name to Rusty Giuliani. He's rusty on the law, he's rusty on the facts."