Tim O’Brien, a senior adviser to Mike Bloomberg, blasted the Sanders campaign on Wednesday after its national press secretary, Briahna Joy Gray, claimed on CNN’s New Day that Bloomberg had suffered from heart attacks and compared requests for Sanders medical records to the birtherism claims directed at Barack Obama.
Said Gray: “I think the American people deserve to know exactly as much as every other candidate has released in this race currently and historically. What you’re 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 they’re from and aspects of their lineage. It’s really telling, given that none of the same concern is being demonstrated for Michael Bloomberg, who’s the same age as Bernie Sanders and has suffered heart attacks in the past.”
O’Brien fired back on Twitter: “This is such a Trumpy lie from the Sanders camp, which rolls like Trump in many ways. Mike Bloomberg has *never* had a heart attack. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, has had a heart attack. Those are the facts. It’s a dangerous time when Sanders goes all in with Trumpism.”
Sanders later said she “misspoke.”