2020-10-16 01:55:14 UTC
We now have a new addition to the pantheon of daughters who (probably) detest
their Republican politician dadsCaroline Giuliani, welcome!
In an essay she published on Thursday in Vanity Fair, Caroline urges everyone to
please for the love of all that is holy vote for Joe Biden. Her support for the
Democratic Party isnt exactly a secretin 2016, she notably supported Hillary
Clinton, telling Politico that her father knows and is fully comfortable with
it and thinks I have a right to my opinion. But in her Vanity Fair essay,
Caroline, who describes herself as a filmmaker in the LGBTQ+ community who
tells stories about mental health, sexuality, and other stigmatized issues,
goes beyond just endorsing Biden and uses some revealing language about her dad.
I have a difficult confessionsomething I usually save for at least the second
date. My father is Rudy Giuliani. We are multiverses apart, politically and
otherwise, she wrote.
She then shared these heartwarming reflections, describing conversations she had
with her dad at the tender age of 12 as carnage:
Around the age of 12, I would occasionally get into debates with my father,
probably before I was emotionally equipped to handle such carnage. It was
disheartening to feel how little power I had to change his mind, no matter how
logical and above-my-pay-grade my arguments were. He always found a way to
justify his party line, whatever it was at the time. Even though he was
considered socially moderate for a Republican back in the day, we still often
butted heads. When I tried to explain my belief that you dont get to be
considered benevolent on LGBTQ+ rights just because you have gay friends but
dont support gay marriage, I distinctly remember him firing back with an
intensity fit for an opposing politician rather than ones child. To be clear,
Im not sharing this anecdote to complain or criticize. I had an extremely
privileged childhood and am grateful for everything I was given, including
real-world lessons and complicated experiences like these. The point is to
illustrate one of the many reasons I have a fraught relationship with politics,
like so many of us do.
Even when there was an occasional flash of connection in these disagreements
with my dad, it felt like nothing changed for the better, so I would retreat
again until another issue I couldnt stay silent on surfaced. Over the years
other subjects like racial sensitivity (or lack thereof), sexism, policing, and
the social safety net have all risen to this boiling point in me. It felt
important to speak my mind, and Im glad we at least managed to communicate at
all. But the chasm was painful nonetheless, and has gotten exponentially more so
in Trumps era of chest-thumping partisan tribalism. I imagine many Americans
can relate to the helpless feeling this confrontation cycle created in me, but
we are not helpless. I may not be able to change my fathers mind, but together,
we can vote this toxic administration out of office.
While she doesnt go so far as to say she hates her father, this doesnt exactly
read like the tale of a parent and child who have a warm and loving
And then she all but calls her father a corrupt goon:
If being the daughter of a polarizing mayor who became the presidents personal
bulldog has taught me anything, it is that corruption starts with yes-men and
women, the cronies who create an echo chamber of lies and subservience to
maintain their proximity to power. Weve seen this ad nauseam with Trump and his
cadre of high-level sycophants (the ones who werent convicted, anyway).
Congratulations to Caroline, to whom I wish nothing but the best! As for her
father, he can continue to eat shit.