Good News Kids, It's OK to Attack a Presidential Candidate's Health Again

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton points to the audience as she is introduced at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, May 25, 2018. Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute honored Clinton with the 2018 Radcliffe Medal. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


The rules, they keep changing.

You may recall during the 2016 election when Hillary Clinton was literally being thrown in the back of a van after collapsing on a scorching 79 degree day in New York. Even though there was video evidence (see below), we got any number of excuses pushed in the media and it became almost taboo to point out she had actually collapsed.

She also suffered from a bout of pneumonia and had uncontrollable coughing fits multiple times while speaking. To say that her health was in question is an understatement. Perhaps she wasn’t on the verge of dropping dead, but she certainly dealt with any number of ailments that could have affected her performance as President. Giving the odd speech every now and then, as she’s done since her loss, is hardly the same workload Hillary would have been under had she been elected.

Just how bad her health was isn’t certain. But what was certain is that the media immediately declared any questioning of it off limits and a “conspiracy theory.”

Per Conservative Review.

Stelter said that members of conservative media covering Clinton’s health were part of a “truly deplorable basket. Sean Hannity fits into it, so does Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones and others. These are people who bring up rumors and innuendo about Clinton’s health, and have been doing it for years.”

“I’m not saying Hannity or Limbaugh fit into these necessarily,” Stelter continued, “but they — some of these figures want her to be sick. They want her to be dying. They want her to be on her deathbed.”


That was all well and good until President Trump took office. Then baseless smearing of one’s health became cool again. Ironically, it was Brian Stelter himself leading the charge, bringing on guests to his show to question Trump’s mental health.

Then a weird thing happened. Bernie Sanders had a heart attack on the campaign trail and the media suddenly found it off limits again to discuss the broader implications of a candidate’s health. In fact, the story completely died after just a few short days. Imagine the coverage Donald Trump having a heart attack in 2016 would have received.

We also saw this hypocritical dynamic on display when Joe Biden started shooting blood out of his eye and slurring his speech on the campaign trail.


But good news, kids. It’s once again acceptable to question a Presidential candidate’s health again (in this case the incumbent) because it involves Trump.

This is how this is going to go and don’t think Trump’s health won’t be made an issue come 2020. The same media that dismissed all questions about Hillary as conspiracy theories will be right there with a rash of editorials and cable news hits proclaiming that the President is on death’s door. Even today, they’ll brush aside any concerns about Joe Biden barely staying lucid at times while running through the gambit of at-home psychological opinions on Trump.


Perhaps we should be more diligent in ascertaining just how healthy people running for President are. But by making it a partisan issue, the media have lost all credibility on the matter.


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