But Rudy Giuliani’s words that day blew past the incitement standard and spiked the ball in the Brandenburg endzone by telling the rowdy mob that the time had come for “trial by combat” with Democratic legislators and election officials.

Thankfully, Rudy has an answer for anyone who thought he was calling for violence when he explicitly called for violence: blame “Game of Thrones.”

“I was referencing the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England,” Giuliani told Samuels. “When Tyrion, who is a very small man, is accused of murder. He didn’t commit murder, he can’t defend himself, and he hires a champion to defend him.”