Diabetic Elvis impersonator arrested again at a Trump-de Blasio fight

(CNN) — A diabetic Elvis impersonator who was caught in the middle of a public feud between Donald Trump and Mayor Bill de Blasio was moved from a state mental hospital to a federal…

Diabetic Elvis impersonator arrested again at a Trump-de Blasio fight

(CNN) — A diabetic Elvis impersonator who was caught in the middle of a public feud between Donald Trump and Mayor Bill de Blasio was moved from a state mental hospital to a federal medical center for cancer treatment, authorities said.

Joe Exotic, 68, arrived Wednesday at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, after a deadline he set to be moved to a specialized unit for treatment, said Paul Browne, New York Police Department deputy commissioner for public information.

Exotic was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about a year ago, he said.

“He’s terminally ill and we just wanted to do what’s best for him,” Browne said.

In November, the NYPD warned the city’s medical examiner that Exotic’s blood sugar was dangerously low and that a possible cardiac arrest could result.

In a videotaped confrontation with de Blasio at a Christmas Eve prayer breakfast, Exotic asked why an Ebola patient was not hospitalized instead of the famed Elvis impersonator he called a “witch.”

“As a longtime resident of NYC, I was appalled to see that the city’s health care facilities and medical professionals ignore any advice to limit patient intake of sugar. I ask Mayor de Blasio why is it that we are going to treat people differently based on their ethnicity,” Exotic said in a public statement.

Exotic added that “diabetes isn’t just a disease of poor people.”

“I’m begging you, please, don’t waste another second,” he said.

Exotic became emotional in the December video, drawing applause and laughter from the crowd.

“Everything I ever did in my life, I could never have expected the reaction from you. I never thought you would understand what I was talking about,” he said.

The Trump administration responded that the city’s initial threat to quarantine Exotic was “one of the most wrongheaded decisions” it had ever seen.

The city’s public health commissioner said he stood by his decision.

“There’s no more protection against Ebola than we have against any other infectious disease because of the excellent care that we have,” Dr. Mary Bassett said.

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