“And Slippers!”: Rudy Giuliani Gets Skewered For MyPillow Spot, But Politicians Have A History Of Hawking Products
A video spot of Rudy Giuliani hawking MyPillow products elicited ridicule and a bit of wonder of what has happened to the man once known as America’s Mayor, but it’s hardly anything new for a political figure to give in to the temptations of commercial endorsements.
The spot was part of Giuliani’s Common Sense podcast, this one centered on the latest fascination with UFOs.
“I’ve been sleeping on MyPillows for some time,” Giuliani said on his show, posted on YouTube. “I love them, simply the very best pillows ever made. But I just found out they also have a wide assortment of other incredible products. Like their mattress toppers, sheets, towels.” Then Giuliani held up footwear as he said, “And slippers! And more!”
All sorts of well-known former elected officials have hawked products, ranging from Viagra to hotels to gold. Giuliani himself is under federal investigation and is defending himself in a lawsuit filed by elections systems companies Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic.
Giuliani and other Trump supporters may be a bit more brazen in their willingness, but it’s not like this hasn’t been done before.
In a spot back in 1989, former House Speaker Tip O’Neill emerged from a suitcase to endorse Clarion Hotels. “Now that I am out of the House, I spend a lot of time on the road. With Quality, Comfort, Clairion and Sleep Hotels, you can get a comfortable room with a great price anywhere you go. They even give me a 30% senior discount. Now who says a politician can’t control spending.”
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