In August, former New York City Mayor and failed 2016 GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani shocked many by making irresponsibly reckless statements concerning Hillary Clinton’s health. Giuliani made an appearance on Fox News Sunday where he encouraged people to “go online” and look up videos as evidence of Clinton’s declining health.
“She hardly appeared this week. I don’t know where she was,” he began. He then said the media “fails to point out several signs of illness by her. All you’ve got to do is go online!”
Reminded that Clinton’s doctors have noted that these claims are not factual, Giuliani responded that the host should instead check out conspiracy videos posted on the internet. “Go online and put down ‘Hillary Clinton illness’ and take a look at the videos yourself.”
This week Giuliani continued his assault on Clinton’s health and rationalized his behavior by stating that he was “performing a public service.”
“I hope Secretary Clinton is perfectly healthy, and I feel that I have performed a public service if I can motivate the press to fulfill its responsibility to get the public the information it deserves — and the same standard should be applied to all candidates,” Giuliani wrote in a USA Today op-ed published Monday.
However, as CNN reports, there is absolutely zero credible evidence to support doubts concerning Clinton’s health. And that includes the “online” sources that Giuliani encouraged Fox News viewers to look up for themselves.
In fact, Clinton’s physician — which is the only credible source to have commented about Clinton’s health — has on more than one occasion affirmed the Democratic presidential candidate’s health and fitness.
“Her cancer screening evaluations are all negative,” Dr. Lisa Bardack, chair of internal medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group, and Clinton’s physician since 2001, wrote, summarizing Clinton’s health history. “She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.”
In his op-ed, Giuliani continued to rationalize his attacks by noting that, “Clinton has not held a news conference in 270 days, and too many in the news media have allowed her to get away with it.”
The former mayor also noted that “some in the news media have already begun to raise these same questions.” He cited Fox News’ Sean Hannity and the Drudge Report as his two “news media” sources.
Giuliani also addressed the wave of criticism he received following his initial Fox News interview, where he encouraged viewers to “go online and put down ‘Hillary Clinton illness.'”
“I did not come to a conclusion on this matter; I simply asked people to draw their own conclusions,” Giuliani wrote.
During an appearance recently on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Clinton labeled the GOP’s erroneous claims regarding her health as a “wacky strategy.”
“I don’t know why they are saying this,” she said. “I think on the one hand, it is part of the wacky strategy, just say all these crazy things and maybe you can get some people to believe you.”
Giuliani and the rest of Donald Trump’s surrogates have made it their mission to try and deflect from their candidate’s controversial statements and record by finding new and old ways of attacking Clinton and President Obama. This strategy highlights the growing desperation within the Trump campaign and his political support base who have staked the future of their careers on Trump’s success.
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