Pro-golfer Michelle Wie roasts Rudy Giuliani after he shared a crude ‘panties’ story about her on Steve Bannon’s podcast

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Michelle Wie (L) speaks during a press conference on June 18, 2019 in Chaska, Minnesota. Rudy Giuliani (R) talks to journalists outside the White House on July 1, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Rudy Giuliani shared a juvenile story about pro-golfer Michelle Wie on Steve Bannon’s podcast on Thursday.
  • Giuliani recalled a charity event in 2014 where Wie’s “strange putting stance” showed her “panties.”
  • The golfer tweeted: “I shudder thinking that he was smiling to my face…while objectifying me.”
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Professional golfer Michelle Wie West clapped back at former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani after he shared a story about being able to see her underwear as she putted during a charity fundraiser in 2014.

Giuliani appeared on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast on Thursday to speak about conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died earlier that day.

During the podcast, Giuliani, aged 76, reminisced about playing golf alongside Limbaugh and Wie West during a charity event back in 2014. 

The former New York City mayor recalled that Limbaugh was complaining about the presence of “paparazzi” who were following the group around had blamed Giuliani’s presence for it.

But Giuliani told Limbaugh that the photographers were actually only there for Wie West. 

“On the green is Michelle Wie and she is getting ready to putt,” Giuliani said. “Now Michelle Wie is gorgeous. She’s six feet. And she has a strange putting stance. She bends all the way over. And her panties show. And the press was going crazy…They were trying to take pictures of her panties.”

“I said ‘[Rush], it’s not me, it’s not you. It’s her panties,” Giuliani continued.

After an uncomfortable silence, Giuliani asks: “Is it OK to tell that joke?”

“We already told it so, I don’t know,” Bannon responded.

Watch the moment below:

Wie West took to Twitter to respond to the podcast on Friday night, saying that it was “unsettling” to hear the “highly inappropriate” story.

Wie, who does not address Giuliani by name, wrote: “What this person should have remembered from that day was the fact that I shot 64 and beat every male golfer in the field, leading our team to victory.

“I shudder thinking he was smiling to my face and complimenting my game while objectifying me and referencing my ‘panties’ behind my back all day,” she continued.

“What should be discussed is the elite skill level that women play at, not what we wear or look like. My putting stance six years ago was designed to improve my putting stats (I ended up winning the US Open that year), NOT as an invitation to look up my skirt!” Wie West added.

 

Wie West’s tweet has since gotten more than 66,000 likes and also the support of The United States Golf Association (USGA), which tweeted on Friday: “Sexism has no place in golf or in life. We are always in your corner.”

Wie West is a five-time winner on the LPGA tour. At the age of just 10, she was the youngest player ever to qualify for a USGA amateur championship.

She won the US Women’s Open in 2014 and is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to her daughter in June.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis faces backlash from Florida Democrats after he says flags will be flown at half-staff to honor Rush Limbaugh

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (L) announced Friday that flags would be flown at half-staff to honor late radio host Rush Limbaugh (R).

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced flags will fly at half-staff to honor Rush Limbaugh.
  • Limbaugh, the conservative and often offensive radio host, died this week aged 70.
  • His announcement sparked an immediate backlash from Democrats.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican and fierce critic of President Joe Biden, announced Friday that flags in the state would be flown at half-staff to honor late radio personality Rush Limbaugh. 

“What we do when there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of interment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half-staff,” DeSantis said at a Friday political rally in West Palm Beach, The Tampa Bay Times reported. 

As the Times noted, DeSantis had recently flown flags at half-staff when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September and again in January when five people were killed as a result of the insurrection at the US Capitol.

According to state protocol, flags are lowered on holidays honoring veterans, if a present or former governor of Florida dies, if a member of the military from Florida dies while serving on active duty, if a prominent present or former state official dies, or if a law enforcement officer or firefighter is killed in the line of duty, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

A Florida resident may request that flags be lowered to honor someone else, but it’s not clear whether that happened in this instance, according to the report. The office of the Florida governor did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment Saturday.

The decision was quickly condemned by Florida Democrats. 

“Lowering the flag of the United States is a high honor reserved for those who have honorably and bravely served our state and our nation,” said State Sen. Gary Farmer in a statement. “Unfortunately, Gov. DeSantis has now transformed this distinction into a partisan political tool to salute a man who served no other interests than his own and did his best to deeply divide a country along political fault lines.”

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, called the decision an “an embarrassment to Florida,” and said, “Limbaugh weaponized his platform to spread racism, xenophobia and homophobia across the nation.”

 

“Florida is better than this,” said Florida Rep. Ted Deutch who called the move “disgusting” and “embarrassing” to Florida.

Limbaugh died Wednesday at the age of 70. In February 2020, Limbaugh announced he’d been diagnosed the month prior with advanced-stage lung cancer. 

The late talk show host was last year awarded the President al Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump at his final state of the union address, which likewise drew widespread backlash from figures on the left.

Limbaugh was known for his brash commentary and was known as a key figure in developing key tenants of the modern Republican Party and its far-right stances and attitudes. But Limbaugh was controversial and widely disliked by Democrats for his airing of sexist, racist, and homophobic comments during his radio show.

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