Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani is asked about Trump's poor temperament and unfavorable numbers in recent polls in an interview with ABC's Martha Raddatz on Sunday's broadcast of This Week. Giuliani told Raddatz there is a double standard and the media does not treat Republicans, such as Donald Trump, the same way they treat Bill and Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
Giuliani: I Would Have Prosecuted Hillary Clinton And Here's How
"I think what Donald Trump is reflecting is -- and I know the media always discounts this because you don't like to get criticized," Giuliani said about the media to Raddatz. "But you don't treat us the same way that you treat Democrats. Hillary, Bill, Obama, they get the benefit of the doubt."
"I think what he's taking about is the very unfair media coverage that Republicans get," the former mayor said. "I know all of those of you in the media don't believe this but you really don't treat us the same way."
"I mean if Trump had said something like I'm going to raise taxes on the middle class, it would be all over the news. You would be questioning his sanity," Giuliani told Raddatz.
Giuliani said Clinton's comments do not get the same attention as Donald Trump. Clinton "lied" right at the coffin to Gold Star mother Patricia Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, Giuliani said.
"The allegations by Ms. Smith, a Gold Star mother, about Hillary Clinton lying to her, got about 0.1 of the coverage that the Khan situation got," he stated. "Hillary's situation in which the FBI, in an extraordinary memo, found her to be extremely careless in handling top security information, my goodness, I wouldn't hire a person as an assistant U.S. attorney if that was in their FBI background."
After Giuliani explained his view that Democrats get "the benefit of the doubt," Raddatz concluded the interview.
Earlier in the interview Giuliani argued he would have prosecuted Hillary Clinton and said he has prosecuted similar cases. The former NYC mayor said a normal citizen, one not running for president, would be denied a top security clearance because of past acts.
Giuliani on how he would prosecute Hillary Clinton:
RADDATZ: Mayor -- Mayor Giuliani, I -- I want to go back to this again and -- and stick with Trump, if we can, because you are on here as a Trump surrogate.
This week, he was called unfit to be the next commander-in-chief by a very long list of people. Let me read it -- President Obama, a group of former cabinet officers, senior officials and career military officials, a veterans organization with 100,000 strong petition said it on Thursday and the former acting director of the CIA, Mike Morrell, who is my next guest, said it Friday in an op-ed, saying that Trump is dangerous.
Does that not concern you?
GIULIANI: It doesn't concern me at all. The fact is, I find -- I find it a lot more concerning to me that Hillary Clinton was extremely careless in the handling of national security information, not just one or two, but thousands and thousands of pieces of national security information.
I'm a former federal prosecutor, a former associate attorney general. If I had done that, I'd have been prosecuted. It's a clear violation of 18 United States Code Section 791.
What she did were criminal acts. She has displayed the facts...
RADDATZ: As you know, Mr. Mayor, Mr. -- Director Comey said miss -- he would have to prove that there was intentionally transmitted or willfully mishandled classified information. Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.
GIULIANI: And many reasonable prosecutors have come to the conclusion that they would have brought such a case. I would have brought such a case and I would have won such a case. And I've prosecuted cases like that in my years in the Justice Department.
Hillary Clinton skated because she's running for president. She clearly violated the law.
And now, take Comey's words. She was extremely careless with handling national security information.
You know, if that's written in someone's FBI background report, they don't get a top security clearance?
If she were just an ordinary person, she would be denied a top security clearance because she has proved in her past acts that she is extremely careless in handling national security information.
I don't know, maybe she short-circuited when she wiped out 35,000 emails.
Giuliani on a "rigged" election and a media double standard for Republicans:
RADDATZ: Mayor Giuliani, Donald Trump has been raising questions about whether this election could be rigged. You've lost elections in the past and never really said anything like that.
Is that an appropriate thing for him to be saying?
Do you believe this election could be rigged?
GIULIANI: I think what he's taking about is the very unfair media coverage that Republicans get. I know all of those of you in the media don't believe this but you really don't treat us the same way.
The allegations by Ms. Smith, a Gold Star mother, about Hillary Clinton lying to her, got about 0.1 of the coverage that the Khan situation got. Hillary's situation in which the FBI, in an extraordinary memo, found her to be extremely careless in handling top security information, my goodness, I wouldn't hire a person as an assistant U.S. attorney if that was in their FBI 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.
So I think what Donald Trump is reflecting is -- and I know the media always discounts this because you don't like to get criticized. But you don't treat us the same way that you treat Democrats. Hillary, Bill, Obama, they get the benefit of the doubt.
And I mean if Trump had said something like I'm going to raise taxes on the middle class, it would be all over the news. You would be questioning his sanity.
RADDATZ: Mr. Mayor, we will look forward to the speech this week by Donald Trump on the economy. We thank you very much for joining us today.
GIULIANI: Thank you, thank you.
Giuliani hits Clinton for "short-circuiting"
GIULIANI: I also think you're going to see him hitting Hillary very hard. That -- you know, she short-circuited?
That was a heck of a comment.
I mean, first of all, she lied. She didn't short-circuit. She lied last week when she said the FBI found that she'd hadn't lied. You read Comey's report, he found she lied in about eight different places. So maybe short-circuit is her euphemism for lying.
But I don't know, did she short-circuit when she didn't protect the Benghazi compound, when she got 20 requests for more help?
Did she short-circuit during the Benghazi situation when, if we had gotten people there, we might have been able to save Sean Smith and the other CIA gentleman's life...
did she short-circuit when she reset the relationship with Putin and now Russia is, according to "The New York Times" article today, Russia is in control in Syria?
I mean we turned -- we turned it over to them.
Did she short-circuit when she advocated for the overthrow of Gaddafi and Libya is now an Islamic State stranglehold?
Did she -- did she short-circuit when she said she's going to raise taxes on the middle class?
Well, first of all, she is going to raise taxes on the middle class. I actually think that's the only truthful thing she's said in about three weeks. But...
Giuliani on Clinton "lying" to Patricia Smith:
And I think her comments -- Hillary's comments just don't get the same attention that Trump's do. For example, she lied to a Gold Star mother. She lied to pre -- Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, who -- who was killed at Benghazi, I believe, because of her incompetence, her incompetence in failing to secure that mission.
And she lied to her on September 14th, 2012, right at the coffin. She said it was due to a video.
So I think that's far more serious -- or at least it said get as much attention as all of the attention that was paid to, you know, the comments that were made about -- about the Khan -- about the Khan family.