During a Thursday afternoon celebratory luncheon in Washington, D.C., prominent Trump surrogate and adviser Rudy Giuliani deployed an off-color anecdote about sex and the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The former New York City mayor recalled how three days after the attacks, he rode in a convoy with President George W. Bush to tour the World Trade Center rubble. “In the same car with me was my fire commissioner, Tom Van Essen,” he said, in a recording of the comments obtained by The Intercept. “And Tom had lost what turned out to be 343 firefighters. And President Bush recognized him from seeing him on television the prior two days. And he leaned over to Tom, grabbed his arm, and said to him, ‘Tom, I’m so sorry. How are things going?’ Tom looked at him and said, ‘Much better now. My wife came home last night and I got lucky.’” He continued: “That’s locker room talk,” referencing Trump’s defense against the pre-election videotape revealing him bragging to Billy Bush about grabbing women by the genitals. “President Bush remembered that so well that when he saw Tom three weeks later at a fire house dinner, he came up to him and said, ‘Tom, are you still getting lucky?’ And Tom said, ‘No, it’s worn out.’” The audience, largely composed of Republican lawyers, reportedly broke out into laughter.
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