PoliticsRudy Giuliani Attacked Hillary Clinton’s Health, And That's Truly Sick
Keith Olbermann, GQ's Special Correspondent, has some choice words for Rudy. And a few more for Tom Brokaw, too.
Even in a campaign built out of unintended irony, there has been nothing more ironic than questions about Hillary Clinton's pneumonia—and whether she's fit to serve—still coming from the campaign of an opponent who will not denounce or even distance himself from supporters who often shout that she should be killed or hanged or shot for treason. "We want you dead, but we're concerned that your health disqualifies you from being elected."
Well, there is one thing more ironic than that: That Donald Trump's point man on Clinton's health is Rudy Giuliani. Rudy! Seriously? The media, he said, "fails to point out several signs of illness by her. All you've got to do is go online and put down 'Hillary Clinton illness,' take a look at the videos for yourself." Doctor Rudy Giuliani!
Rudy, do you even remember when you ran for president yourself starting in 2006—when you were still considered a short-term survivor of prostate cancer? Do you remember anybody saying it was disqualifying in any way? Do you remember anybody saying that the possibility of recurrence or the chance that you might have cancer anywhere else in your body might make you unfit to seek the office? Did any of your opponents have the gall to attack you over your own health? Did any of your opponents do that when you were first diagnosed? While you were running for the Senate seat for New York? Whom were you running against again?
Oh, right! Hillary Clinton!
The New York Times, April 28, 2000: "Mrs. Clinton spoke to the mayor by phone yesterday while campaigning in the Finger Lakes district and wished him, according to her press secretary, Howard Wolfson, a 'speedy recovery.' The mayor, who has been sharply critical of both Mrs. Clinton and the Clinton administration in recent weeks, said, 'Thank you,' according to Mr. Wolfson. The conversation, Mr. Wolfson said, lasted one minute."
What the hell, Rudy? That doesn't sound like an attack on you for not addressing your health sooner or having the media cover it up for you! What about when you had to drop out because of the cancer?
The New York Times, May 20, 2000: "Mrs. Clinton, who telephoned the mayor shortly after his announcement, said afterward, 'I certainly hope and pray, as I know all New Yorkers do, that he will have a full and speedy recovery.'
Whaddya mean she didn't say you were hiding something? Whaddya mean she didn't start chanting "lock him up, lock him up"? More from 16 years ago: "Asked if she would miss the mayor as an opponent, Mrs. Clinton replied, 'Well, I think we should just wish him well as a person.’”
Wait—where's the reference to your marital scandal that was going on at the same time? You mean she didn't accuse you of using your health as an excuse? She didn't claim that you were really dropping out because 10 days earlier you had announced you wanted a separation from your wife and you left her to conduct a tearful news conference outside the gates of the mayor's mansion?
And Rudy, if you have permission to diagnose Hillary Clinton from videos you saw on the Internet—maybe you got it from Trump's physician, Dr. Vinny Boombatz—may I suggest that, having seen you in person several times over the last 15 years (to say nothing of all those videos), it sure looks to me from my completely and utterly unqualified position as a not-doctor that you've been waging a losing battle against ever-increasing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Rudy Giuliani! He only kept the job as chief Clinton health rumor-mongerer because while Newt Gingrich was on the air spewing to Sean Hannity about Clinton's coughing fits, Gingrich had…a coughing fit.
And Tom Brokaw. Doctor Tom Brokaw! Who, threatened by the Republicans that their candidate wouldn't show up to the debate he was moderating unless he got me and Chris Matthews thrown off MSNBC coverage of the 2008 debates, not only carried that barrel of GOP water but then boasted about it in the papers… Tom Brokaw saying, an hour after the pneumonia overcame Clinton inside the 9/11 ceremony, "Just this morning I had a rather detailed message from a Republican who was inside, and he was raising questions as well, saying, 'I didn't know if this is true, but here are the incidents that we are all watching.'.… I think that she should go to a hospital, and see a neurologist, and get a clean report if it is available to her."
Hey, Tom. I worked with you for nine years. They asked me if I wanted you on cable coverage of the primaries, and I said, "Of course!" I think you should go to a mirror and see if you have any journalistic credibility left. It was pneumonia. Bad! Guess! Tom!
For crying out loud, Hillary Clinton has been campaigning with pneumonia since at least last Friday, and making more sense per minute than Trump has in his entire campaign. How's her health?!?! She's frickin’ Wonder Woman!
Keith Olbermann is a GQ special correspondent.