On Sunday, former New York City mayor and loyal Donald Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani appeared on Fox News Sunday to defend his candidate against falling poll numbers. When host Shannon Bream asked why Hillary Clinton has taken such a commanding lead in the polls, Guiliani replied that she has “an entire media empire” focused on taking down Trump for her, and that the media “fails to point out several signs of illness by her — all you have to do is go online.”
Bream responded that the Clinton campaign is saying there is “nothing factual to the claims about her health” and that accusations otherwise are “speculation at best.” Giuliani wasn’t having it. “Go online, put down ‘Hillary Clinton illness,’ and take a look at the videos yourself,” the former mayor told Bream. Giuliani is referencing an alt-right conspiracy theory championed by Breitbart News and Karl Rove that insists Clinton is in poor health or, according to Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, has brain damage.
Bream then asked Giuliani about 123 Republicans who signed onto a letter urging Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus to stop contributing money to Trump’s campaign and shift their focus to Senate and House races. “The most amazing thing, to me, is that Republicans would do that to other Republicans,” Giuliani said. “I had the great honor and privilege of working with Ronald Reagan — in fact he’s the only president I’ve worked for — and he always believed that the 11th commandment was ‘don’t attack another Republican.’ So I’m embarrassed for the people who wrote that.”