Speaking from his hospital room, Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday said he hasn’t changed his mind regarding the coronavirus or mask use, despite his recent COVID-19 diagnosis.
Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer and a former mayor of New York City, was admitted to a Washington, D.C., hospital on Sunday, after traveling across the country in his futile attempt to overturn the election results. Giuliani did not wear a mask during meetings last week in Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia, exposing lawmakers and others to the virus.
During an interview with New York radio station 77 WABC, the hosts asked Giuliani if his views on the virus have changed, now that he is sick and in the hospital. They mentioned former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who contracted the virus after attending a super spreader event at the White House; Christie later said it was “wrong” to be there without a mask.
“No,” Giuliani responded. “I have exactly the same view. You know, I’ve also been through cancer, a couple of other things — very serious, very serious, emergency knee operation. Things happen in life, and you have to go with them. You can’t overreact to them. Otherwise, you let the fear of illness drive your entire life.” Regarding face coverings, which provide protection to the wearer and those around them, Giuliani said he thinks “you can overdo the masks.”
Giuliani revealed that he has received two of the same medications Trump took during his hospitalization for COVID-19: remdesivir and dexamethasone. One of the radio hosts told Giuliani the drugs are “not something that the normal American is going to be able to get, because it’s quite expensive.” Giuliani deflected, saying he “didn’t know that. I mean, they give it to us here at the hospital.”
He did admit that his high profile is why he is receiving treatment that the average American can’t get, saying, “I think if it wasn’t me, I wouldn’t have been put in the hospital. Sometimes, when you’re — you know, when you’re a celebrity — they’re worried if something happens to you, they’re going to examine it more carefully, and they do everything right.” He said his advice to people is “get early treatment,” falsely claiming that “the earlier you get treated for this, No. 1, you totally eliminate the chance of dying.”
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