i know you are but what am I?
October 15, 2019

Rudy Giuliani is hitting back at former National Security Adviser John Bolton with his own explosive comparison.

Fiona Hill, President Trump's former top Russia adviser, testified Monday that Bolton expressed concern about Giuliani's effort to get Ukraine to investigate Democrats by comparing him to a "hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up," The New York Times reports.

An angry Giuliani fired back Tuesday with a real "I know you are, but what am I" type of response, comparing Bolton himself to an explosive.

"I'm very disappointed that his bitterness drives him to attack a friend falsely," Giuliani said of Bolton, NBC News reports. "It's really ironic that John Bolton is calling anyone else a hand grenade. When John is described by many as an atomic bomb."

Giuliani further slammed Bolton while speaking to New York magazine's Olivia Nuzzi, saying he's "disappointed" and Bolton's comparison is "almost like projection." Though Bolton didn't make his comment publicly and it instead came by way of an aide's testimony, considering he's got a book on the way and had promised to have his "say in due course," this could be the shape of things to come. Brendan Morrow

November 5, 2018

President Trump says it's not his campaign ad that's offensive, it's questions about the ad that are.

On Monday, Trump was asked about decisions by NBC, Facebook, and even Fox News to no longer run an ad from the Trump campaign, which connected an undocumented immigrant convicted of murder to the caravan of migrants coming from Central America to seek asylum in the United States. CNN had decided not to run the ad after deeming it racist, and NBC pulled it after airing it on Sunday, calling it "insensitive."

Trump didn't seem to know which ad the reporter was referring to, but he brushed off concerns about its contents. "A lot of things are offensive," he said. "Your questions are offensive a lot of times." This seems to be Trump's favorite new way of responding to reporters — on Friday, he responded to a question about whether his rhetoric is creating violence by saying, "You're creating violence by your question."

Trump also seemed to suggest that all of his ads are fine, as evidenced by the fact that they work. He explained, "We have a lot of ads, and they certainly are effective based on the numbers that we're seeing." Watch Trump's comments below. Brendan Morrow

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