Rudy Giuliani has never hesitated to go on television and spout absolute nonsense as if it's fact, and yesterday was no different.
Giuliani visited Laura Ingraham on Fox News to talk about the global pandemic. Specifically, Rudy believes governors should be going against the advice of health professionals and opening up businesses, no matter the risk.
But that wasn't all. Giuliani also weighed in on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's contact tracing program.
Though the undertaking is of a very large scale, tracking who infectious people have come in contact with has proven a key method in combatting viruses both overseas and in our own history.
Rudy Giuliani mocks contact tracing by asking why we don't also do it for cancer, obesity and heart disease https://t.co/QzyBMGilhv— Andrew Lawrence (@Andrew Lawrence)1587696597.0
Giuliani, however, believes the program to be unnecessary. Speaking of the contact tracing program, he said:
"That's totally ridiculous. Then we should trace everybody for cancer. And heart disease and obesity. I mean, a lot of things kill you more than [the virus]. So we should be traced for all those things."
Of course, Ingraham didn't bother mentioning to Giuliani that none of the diseases he mentioned (cancer, heart disease, and obesity) were contagious. Tracing them would make no sense whatsoever.
Rudy Giuliani calls extensive tracing ridiculous and says we should do tracing for cancer, heart disease, and obesi… https://t.co/keJTeUo3Zy— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi)1587696026.0
On opening the country back up, Giuliani also noted (in direct disagreement with health professionals):
"Let's get back to work again, because we're ready to get back to work again."
It's almost as if Giuliani doesn't really know what he's talking about.
Rudy Giuliani is an absolute imbecile and this is one of the most moronic statements made on national television in… https://t.co/ceBcuHjV2j— Glenn Greenwald (@Glenn Greenwald)1587733329.0
“Here's the thing, Mr. Mayor: Those diseases are not at all the same. Cancer, obesity and heart disease are not con… https://t.co/tolbgYn8Lk— CNN Politics (@CNN Politics)1587740407.0
Last month, Giuliani's Twitter account was shut down because he was spreading misinformation about the virus. Things aren't so different a month later.
Here is Rudy Giuliani ridiculing plans to trace COVID-19 by asking why we don't do it with cancer, obesity and hear… https://t.co/ZPdv7dV3Ea— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1587737703.0
I’m an oncologist, Mr. Giuliani. Patients with cancer already suffer from enough stigma. Please PLEASE don’t pr… https://t.co/PCJDMjNE6B— Mark Lewis (@Mark Lewis)1587747789.0
Rudy Giuliani is mocking contact tracing by saying well why don’t we do it for cancer or heart disease or obesity?… https://t.co/HQx2wGMYP0— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1587704590.0
Ingraham did nothing to push back against Rudy's ridiculous claims, simply saying:
"[We] can't live in a bubble."
Long answer: contact tracing learns who's been close to an infected person and thus reduce the spread of infection.… https://t.co/7fiH1iLLGL— Clyde Haberman (@Clyde Haberman)1587744741.0
Why don’t we start contact tracing for stupid? We will start with Giuliani. https://t.co/pqLxW5eAl7— naz (@naz)1587748746.0
Following the advice of experts to combat this pandemic has never been more important, yet Republican talking heads like Giuliani can't seem to keep their facts straight.
Last night the Trump virus body count went up over 50,000 around the same time that Rudy Giuliani went on Laura Ing… https://t.co/Nk6rwg1AFd— The Liberal Voice of Reason (@The Liberal Voice of Reason)1587738074.0
The next time you're searching for medical advice, try not to pay too much attention to Rudy Giuliani.