The campaigns national press secretary said asking for the 78-year-olds full medical records is unacceptable and then made a false claim about Michael Bloombergs health history.
You might think its not too big of an ask to see comprehensive medical records from Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 78-year-old potential president who suffered from a heart attack just months ago, especially as he promised full disclosure of his medical history in an interview last year.
But, not only has he failed to fulfill that promise so far, his campaign team is now condemning people for requesting that informationand appearing to invent medical problems for rival Democratic candidates.
While Bloomberg has released medical information confirming he underwent coronary-stents placement back in 2000 for a blocked artery, and that he has an irregular heartbeat, that is not the same as a heart attack. Bloombergs adviser Tim OBrien called Grays claim a Trumpy lie and confirmed that his boss has never experienced a heart attack.
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 youre 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 theyre from and aspects of their lineage.
The press secretary went on: Its really telling, given that none of the same concern is being demonstrated for Michael Bloomberg, whos the same age as Bernie Sanders and has suffered heart attacks in the past.
Grays rejection of the idea of releasing full medical records comes the day after Sanders was asked about it. He told CNN that his campaign had already released three letters about his health, and said hes comfortable with the level of information released. He also said, if anyone has concerns about his health, they should join him on the campaign and Ill let you introduce me to the three or four rallies a day that we do.