Hillary Clinton may have only indirectly addressed rumors about her health last night when asked by Jimmy Kimmel on his ABC talk show.
During a friendly interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the presidential hopeful proved she was alive when the host jokingly took her pulse, and when she good-naturedly opened a pickle jar, which some internet observers claim was pre-opened.
Although Clinton’s doctor has pronounced her fit to serve as president, conspiracy theorists and others have speculated about brain damage, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and other maladies, along with the candidate allegedly wearing a catheter for some unknown reason.
The latest to weigh in is GOP economist and actor Ben Stein who claimed on Newsmax TV that “When you see pictures of her face — I hate to say this, my dear departed mother had Lupus and she was taking powerful hydrocortisone, and Mrs. Clinton looks to me like she’s taking hydrocortisone…I’d like to know what meds Mrs. Clinton is taking and what she is taking them for.”
In July 2015, the campaign released information indicating that Hillary Clinton takes prescriptions for an underactive thyroid and for blood clots. Clinton suffered a concussion in 2012.
Parenthetically, perhaps fueling the rumors about her health, Hillary Clinton has suffered several coughing fits on the campaign trail and reportedly cleared her throat 22 times during her presidential nomination acceptance speech in Philadelphia late last month.
Last week, the hashtag #HillarysStools started trending because the former secretary of State seems to sit down a lot on stage during campaign rallies. While Clinton, who turns 69 in October, is virtually the same age as rival Donald Trump, the GOP nominee maintains a full schedule of rallies and media interviews, while Clinton has a relatively light event schedule.
When Kimmel asked the Democrat nominee if she was in good health, Clinton responded in this way.
“I don’t know why they are saying this. I think on the one hand, it’s part of the wacky strategy: just say all these crazy things and maybe you can get some people to believe you. On the other hand, it just absolutely makes no sense, and I don’t go around questioning Donald Trump’s health. As far as I can tell, he’s as healthy as a horse.”
Dilbert creator Scott Adams, who has predicted that “master persuader” Donald Trump will win the election in a landslide with the more recent qualifier that Hillary Clinton has upgraded her persuasion game, asserted that she never directly answered Kimmel’s question.
“When you ask an honest, healthy person if they are in good health, they say, ‘Yes’…All she did was mock the Trump supporters who keep bringing it up. Clinton intentionally avoided the question while skillfully making you think she addressed it…She turned the question into a bigger question about the crazy people who keep questioning her health, and she ran out the clock. Kimmel never got back to his question…Someone with weapons-grade persuasion skills coached Clinton how to dodge the question while making you think she answered it.”
Some eyebrows were raised among Clinton foes over the weekend when she appeared at a $100,000 per person fundraiser on Nantucket Island wearing what seems to be a heavy jacket. Clinton reportedly flew on a private jet from Martha’s Vineyard (where she was celebrating husband Bill Clinton’s 70th birthday) to Nantucket, a distance of just 20 miles. “Hillary wore a thick wool overcoat despite searing heat, which caused some to guess she was hiding a catheter or other medical device,” Mike Cernovich of Danger & Play theorized.
Liberal pundit Kirsten Powers, who just jumped ship from Fox News to CNN, insists that there is an “element of sexism” in raising questions about Hillary Clinton’s health. “Well, Donald Trump’s a grandpa so what’s the idea here? That someone because she’s a woman and she’s a grandma that she’s frail?”
Separately, a new batch of emails suggest further conflicts of interest revolving around the Clinton Foundation, AP reports.
“More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president…The meetings between the Democratic presidential nominee and foundation donors do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009. But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton.”
Clinton critics have accused the family charity of setting up a “pay for play” scheme whereby foreign governments and multinational corporations made large cash donations to it in exchange for favorable treatment from the U.S. government when Hillary Clinton was America’s top diplomat.
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