Giuliani doubles down on Biden comments: 'I meant that he’s dumb'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Friday that he thinks former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia Trump: Biden would be ‘dream’ opponent ‘Street fighter’ Avenatti says he’s giving ‘serious thought’ to White House run MORE is "dumb" when asked about comments he made earlier in the day calling Biden a “mentally deficient idiot.”

Asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo if he thought Biden was stupid, Giuliani said no — but with a caveat.

“In that category, I think he is,” Giuliani said, discussing Biden's school record. “I think that explains the plagiarism. I think the plagiarism is very serious. I don’t think he’ll ever get beyond that.”

Giuliani was referring to Biden's decades-old admission that he accidentally plagiarized while in his first year at Syracuse University Law School. Biden said he didn't understand at the time how to properly cite his sources, according to The New York Times.


Giuliani also said that he didn’t mean to call the former vice president a “mentally deficient idiot," as he did in an interview with HuffPost, but then went on to attack Biden’s intelligence.

“I didn’t mean that, I meant that he’s dumb,” Giuliani told Cuomo when asked about his comments. He went on to repeat a claim that Biden was last in his law school class, which Cuomo disputed. The Associated Press reported in 1987 that Biden graduated 76th in a law school class of 85.

Giuliani said Biden had a “plagiarism problem” in law school and as a senator and said it “indicated something about character.”

“I was asked if he’d be a formidable candidate. I said no, he’d be someone that I think the president would like to run against. He never did well as a national candidate,” Giuliani said of Biden.

“I would prefer to see him as the candidate ... I would think it’d have to be somebody, a surprise, not a retread from [former President] Obama, [Hillary] Clinton,” Giuliani added, referring to Trump's likely competition in 2020.