Personal lawyer for US President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, left hospital Thursday after bragging about the ‘celebrity’ treatment he received for COVID-19, including a rare dose of the same drugs that have helped the president.
Giuliani, 76, received two cocktails of experimental drugs that were used to get Trump back on his feet after his positive diagnosis of COVID-19 in October, reports The New York Times. The same treatments have also been distributed to Trump’s allies Ben Carson and Chris Christie, at a time when some hospitals are running lotteries for the use of the drugs.
“If it wasn’t for me, I wouldn’t have been put in the hospital, frankly,” Giuliani told WABC New York from the hospital on Wednesday. “Sometimes when you’re a celebrity they’ll worry if something’s happening to you, they’re going to take a closer look and do everything right.”
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Giuliani celebrated his discharge from hospital with a tweet on Thursday, calling it “miraculous”.
“I entered with severe symptoms. I came out better than ever, ”he wrote.
Giuliani tested positive for the virus late last week following an alleged super-spread event involving Trump’s legal team. Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, another lawyer on the team, have both tested positive for the virus amid their unsuccessful efforts to overturn the result of the U.S. election, which Trump lost. The two lawyers have traveled extensively throughout the United States for their fight.
Giuliani was admitted to hospital in Washington, DC on Sunday, but that didn’t stop him from regularly tweeting or calling on his radio show, WABC.
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“I think you can overdo the masks,” he said on Tuesday, adding that Trump’s White House doctor had urged him to go to the hospital.
“He said, ‘Don’t be stupid. We can get it done in three days, ”Giuliani said, according to Fox News.
Giuliani received a mix of drug cocktails that were approved for emergency use last month, but remain out of the reach of most Americans. Only 77,262 patients have received drug treatment to date, including 108 in Washington, according to records.
Meanwhile, the United States broke its record with more than 3,000 new infections on Wednesday, while the nation’s death toll topped 291,000, approaching 300,000 at a rapid rate.
The experimental treatment got Giuliani back to work fighting for Trump, who still hopes to overturn the results of a free and fair election he lost to Joe Biden.
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COVID-19 is just the latest setback in a string of unforced errors for Giuliani’s team, which he previously described as an “elite strike force”.
The missteps date back to November 7, when Giuliani kicked off his efforts at a press conference outside the Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia.
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Giuliani then showcased his ‘strike force’ at a bizarre press conference in mid-November, in which he appeared to sweat through his hair dye while citing movies and making baseless claims.
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Then ally Sidney Powell also pushed a wide range of false statements at the press conference, including allegations that Venezuela, the Communists, Hillary Clinton and Hugo Chavez (who is dead) had conspired to deny Trump his victory.
The Trump team cut ties with Powell soon after, although they appear to have continued on a separate path towards the same end.
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Giuliani and his team have suffered dozens of court defeats in various battlefield states, yet failed to prove allegations of systemic electoral fraud. Trump’s team has won one argument and lost 55 to date, according to Marc Elias, a Democratic lawyer who counted their results.
Giuliani’s team also racked up viral blunders in public, including an infamous appearance before Michigan state lawmakers on December 2. One witness was widely mocked for arguing with a Republican at the hearing, while another made the racist suggestion that voter fraud is easy because all Chinese are alike.
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Giuliani also appeared to pass the wind while making a point at the hearing.
The elite strike force returned to work on Thursday.
Biden will be inaugurated as the next President of the United States on January 20, 2021.
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