Socialist Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who had a heart attack in October and who promised to release his medical records, is now backtracking by refusing to release all of the records.
“We have released, I think, quite as much as any other candidate has,” said Sanders. “We released two rather detailed letters from cardiologists and we released a letter that came from the head of the U.S. Congress medical group.”
After the heart attack, Sanders vowed to release all of his health records “before the first votes are cast,” adding it was “the right thing to do.”
During an interview on CNN at the time, Sanders said that “people do have a right to know about the health of a senator and someone running for president. At the appropriate time, we’ll make all the medical records public for you or anyone else who wants to see them.”
“We’ll release them, we always planned to release them. And we have more medical records obviously now, and we will release them at the appropriate time,” he said as reported by The Hill.
On Tuesday, Sanders backtracked by joking about the state of his health, saying “If you think I’m not in good health, come on out with me on the campaign trail and I’ll let you introduce me to the three or four rallies a day that we do.”
Sanders’ campaign took a different approach by comparing questions about Sanders’ health to former President Barack Obama’s “birtherism.”
“The campaign’s national press secretary, Briahna Joy Gray, compared requests for Sanders’ full medical records to the birtherism attacks volleyed at former President Barack Obama,” the Daily Beast reported.
Asked by CNN if people deserve to know more about Sanders’ health, Gray said: “I think the American people deserve to know exactly as much as every other candidate has released in this race currently and historically. What you’re seeing right now is really reminiscent of some of the smear and skepticism campaigns that have been run against a lot of different candidates in the past, questioning where they’re from and aspects of their lineage.”
The press secretary went on: “It’s really telling, given that none of the same concern is being demonstrated for Michael Bloomberg, who’s the same age as Bernie Sanders and has suffered heart attacks in the past.”
The Sanders campaign also tried getting the attention off of them by hammering Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg instead by lying about his medical past.
Gray claimed Bloomberg had “suffered heart attacks in the past,” which is a flat out lie.
“Mike Bloomberg has *never* had a heart attack,” said Bloomberg advisor Tim O’Brien on Twitter. “Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, has had a heart attack. Those are the facts. It’s a dangerous time when Sanders goes all in with Trumpism.”
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