There have been many asinine things said and done during the 2016 presidential election, but none of them compare to these outrageous conspiracies concerning Hillary Clinton’s health.
We are literally watching a fringe, right-wing conspiracy based on absolutely zero credible medical evidence become a major talking point by a Republican presidential candidate, many well-known members of the conservative media and a major cable news channel (Fox News).
It is absolutely ridiculous.
So, what’s been the “smoking gun” piece of evidence most of these idiots pushing this nonsense have been using? A photo of Clinton slightly being helped up stairs that was recently shared by the likes of Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report and discussed by Fox News’ Sean Hannity. This one photo was the “evidence” the conservative media used to ignite the conspiracy that Clinton’s health isn’t as good as her doctor claims.
Of course, despite the fact that these conservative outlets and pundits pushed this picture as something that happened recently, it was actually taken in February when she had slipped on ice walking up stairs. Then again, maybe they’re right. I mean, who slips on ice during the winter? It’s unheard of!
Since then, ridiculous conspiracies have continued to swirl related to Clinton’s health, with more and more high-profile Republicans beginning to question whether or not she’s healthy enough to be president.
I would like to once again repeat, they’re basing all of this propaganda on absolutely zero credible evidence. In fact, according to the doctor who’s actually examined her, she’s perfectly healthy. Then again, they couldn’t care less about any sort of actual medical information because they’re simply making this crap up anyway, rendering her actual medical diagnosis completely useless to them.
And this idiocy is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve watched Trump surrogates make all sorts of ridiculous claims about her health. I’ve seen some of them say they believe she has early on-set dementia, his top spokesperson Katrina Person stated that the former Secretary clearly has “dysphasia” (a neurological condition that impairs communication and speech), while another compared Clinton’s one concussion to NFL players who end up suffering from CTE (a degenerative brain condition typically caused by people repeatedly taking severe blows to the head).
Then there’s always the doctors they’ll find to interview who, even though most of them have never even met her, seem more than willing to help fan the flames of these conspiracies by offering their “expertise.” Even though I can’t imagine any credible doctor daring to attempt to diagnose someone who they’ve never medically examined.
I’ve seen a lot of questionable things said and done in politics — but nothing like this.
Sure, I’ve seen a candidate’s age brought up. In 2008, some voters said John McCain’s age (he would have been 72 when he took office) was a concern for them . Even this year, there were some who felt Bernie Sanders (who would have been 75 when he took office had he won) was too old to be president. During this election, Republicans can’t use Clinton’s age against her considering she’s actually younger than Trump.
That being said, I’ve never seen a candidate’s health questioned based on blatant propaganda, lies and absolutely zero medical evidence to support any of the asinine conspiracies that are being used by fairly well-known individuals within the GOP and the conservative media.
This would be pathetic enough if it were simply a few fringe websites pushing this garbage for cheap clicks from bottom-feeders who believe anything they read on the Internet. But it’s an entirely different issue when we’re seeing fairly well-known conservative pundits, members of a major political party, and the Republican presidential candidate all pushing outrageous and completely baseless conspiracy theories.
I think many of us saw this coming when, over two years ago, Karl Rove was already insisting Clinton would be too old and there were legitimate concerns about her health. His words were both hypocritical and reprehensible considering he bashed people who took issues with McCain’s age in 2008 (Clinton’s three years younger) and Rove, like all the others pushing these health conspiracies now, is not remotely qualified to be discussing her health.
The Republican party has a hard reality to face after this election. Either party leaders are going to make some bold and risky moves in an attempt to purge this ever-growing influence the fringe right has on the party, or it’s going to become a party driven by outlandish conspiracy theories, fueled by people who are legitimately mentally unstable.
For too long, the rational Republicans have let these individuals seize more control over the party, which is how they ended up with a vile buffoon like Donald Trump as their presidential candidate. And if they don’t do something drastic — and soon — things are going to get much worse.
The fact that we’re seeing this sort of behavior take place within one of our nation’s two largest political parties is an absolute and total embarrassment for this country.
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