Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), who has become a prominent surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, went on Fox News Sunday to defend his candidate. Asked why Hillary Clinton appears to be ahead in every national and key state poll, Giuliani suggested that it was because the biased media has not adequately focused on her health.
Giuliani was referencing a widely-debunked conspiracy theory that has been making its way around right-wing websites and has recently become a talking point for the Trump campaign: because Hillary Clinton has been photographed near pillows and with stools, she must be in failing health. A Trump spokeswoman even falsely claimed this week that Clinton suffers from dysphasia, a neurological disorder marked by severe language deterioration.
“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.”
Giuliani was then asked about more than 120 Republicans who had urged the Republican National Committee to abandon Trump and focus on down-ballot races. “The most amazing thing, to me, is that Republicans would do that to other Republicans,” the former mayor responded, noting his embarrassment for those ignoring his former boss Ronald Reagan’s belief that “the 11th Commandment was ‘don’t attack another Republican.’”
In 1994 — well after his tenure in the Reagan administration— Giuliani famously crossed party lines to endorse Gov. Mario Cuomo (D-NY), calling Republican nominee George Pataki the candidate “who best personifies the status quo of New York politics — a candidate taking as few positions as possible, all of them as general as possible, taking no risks and being guided and scripted by others.”