August 7, 2016
Rudy Giuliani: 'Hillary Clinton Said She Wants To Raise Taxes On Middle Class, Where's The Media?'

Rudy Giuliani appeared with ABC News' Martha Raddatz on Sunday to discuss Donald Trump's bumpy week, and the former mayor of New York City took the opportunity to blast the media for its lopsided coverage of Republicans and Democrats, attesting that Democrats get the "benefit of the doubt."

The lengthy takedown came up when Raddatz brought up Trump's fears that the general election would be "rigged," noting that he, Rudy Giuliani, had lost elections before and never said something along those lines.

Stepping in as Trump interpreter, Giuliani said that what he felt Trump was talking about was the "very unfair media coverage that Republicans get."

"I know that all of you in the media don't believe it, but you really don't treat us the same way," he said. "The allegations by Mrs. Smith, a Gold Star mother, about Hillary Clinton lying to her got one tenth of the coverage that the Khan situation got."

This reference from Rudy Giuliani was referring to Patricia Smith, who stood at the podium during the Republican National Convention and declared that she held Hillary Clinton personally responsible for her son's death in Benghazi and that Clinton had lied to her and other families, blaming a video for their deaths instead of calling it what it was -- a calculated act of terrorism.

Smith herself even received criticism from left-leaning media types like Chris Matthews for making her remarks. Yet, when Khizr Khan slammed Donald Trump at the DNC, it stayed on the news for "five or six days," Giuliani said.

Continuing to air his grievances, Rudy Giuliani charged that Hillary Clinton's debacle with the FBI, in which FBI Director James Comey called her "extremely careless" in the handling of top security transmissions, was but a "memo" in the media.

He continued.

"My goodness! I wouldn't hire someone as an assistant U.S. attorney if that was in their background. We're going to make her President of the United States? Nobody raises that? Nobody makes a very big deal about that? That's not on the news for five days, six days?"
Ultimately, Giuliani said, what Trump was reflecting in his comments was that "you don't treat us the same way that you treat Democrats."

"Hillary, Bill, Obama," he said, "they get the benefit of the doubt. If Trump had said something like, 'I'm going to raise taxes on the middle class,' it'd be all over the news. You'd be questioning his sanity."

This last dig was in reference to what some have called a "slip of the tongue" that occurred in a recent Hillary Clinton speech at a campaign rally in Omaha, Nebraska.

During her talk, Clinton had this to say.

"Because while Warren is standing up for a fairer tax code, Trump wants to cut taxes for the super-rich. Well, we're not going there, my friends. I'm telling you, right now — we're going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!"
The non-edited video was confirmed by Snopes, but to date, Fox News and a variety of conservative blogs are the only outlets to pick up on the comment.

Rudy Giuliani wondered why that was, but for Raddatz part, she did not address, only thanking Giuliani for his time and closing the segment.

So what do you think, readers? Does Rudy Giuliani have a point? Does the media as a whole go easier on Democrats than Republicans? Sound off in the comments section below.

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