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Crazed Conservatives: ‘Hillary Clinton Has Parkinson’s Disease’



“Conspiracy theories are so much more interesting than the truth,” CNN’s Brian Stelter says.

Conspiracy theorists and conservative media outlets have taken to the internet to diagnose Hillary Clinton with seizures and Parkinson’s Disease, the latest ailments of which the Democratic presidential nominee does not suffer.

Take, for instance, Jim Hoft, who runs the far right-wing blog The Gateway Pundit. Hoft declared that the diagnosis was breaking news (perhaps unfamiliar with the term), citing fellow conservative outlet Danger & Play’s research team of unnamed medical “professionals” which analyzed Clinton’s health.

These “analysts” consisted of the author, an unnamed anesthesiologist described as not having the “expertise to evaluate [Parkinson’s Disease] signs and symptoms,” a “close friend of the author’ and “the author’s brother.” (Hoft is frequently cited as the “stupidest man on the internet.”)

“Hillary’s health is declining, as anyone who has looked at her can see,” Danger & Play asserted, perhaps suggesting that the millions of people globally who have followed her career have never, in fact, looked at the former Secretary of State.

The unnamed anesthesiologist proceeds to dissect Clinton’s health record utilizing highly-respected medical tools such as YouTube to offer his diagnosis. (It is unknown if Web M.D. was consulted.)

He discusses Clinton’s elbow fracture in 2009, in which “little else was revealed,” though does not advise if other human beings have ever fractured an elbow, or discern what additional “breaking” news should have been disclosed.

He points to a rally in which Clinton, holding her microphone with her left hand, occasionally holds “her right hand pressed against her chest.” (The video of the rally shows that she’s discussing a topic she calls disheartening.) It was at the same event that Clinton later gestured with her right hand, which is “very unnatural,” unless you are one of the many human beings who have gestured with their right hand.

The perhaps now-notorious photo of Clinton receiving assistance after slipping on a residential staircase during a campaign stop is called into question, perhaps due to the fact that human beings do not slip on staircases, nor do they receive help in the unlikely event.

A video in which Clinton, in response to reporters barraging her with questions about a meeting with Elizabeth Warren prior to her vice presidential pick, “without warning… began a bizarre head-bobbing episode,” is further “evidence”:

Not of Clinton’s failing health, Associated Press reporter Lisa Lerer, seen in the video, has since written. But rather of what she calls “fodder for Trump supporters’ most popular conspiracy theories: [Clinton’s] failing health.” She goes on to discuss that where she “saw evasiveness, they saw seizures.”

Not to be out-“researched” by far right-wing websites, Fox News host Sean Hannity dedicated an entire week of his program to the “investigation,” asserting that the video in fact showed Clinton having a seizure and that during the exchange, reporter Lisa Lerer was scared. Except: 

Hannity also discussed the issue with neurosurgeon and failed presidential candidate Ben Carson. Carson, who laughed at the sight of the video (“it just looks funny,” he said), offered that “certainly as a person gets older, the number of medical conditions that we have to watch for increases.” (Donald Trump, it should be noted, is older than Hillary Clinton.)

One reporter, who is epileptic, wrote that Hannity’s “willingness to deceive [his] viewers [and] to degrade those of us with epilepsy, to suggest something is a seizure when it looks nothing like one… is unforgivable.” He further asked of Hannity, “what kind of seizure do you think it was, Sean? Jacksonian? Tonic-clonic? Atonic? Complex-partial? …You don’t even know what any of that means.”

CNN’s Brian Stelter further blasted the coverage, RealClear Politics reported. “Conspiracy theories are so much more interesting than the truth,” Stetler said in his report, video below. “But the last time I checked, Fox still has the word ‘news’ in its name.”

While conservative outlets have utilized much of the internet to diagnose Hillary Clinton with failing health, the Clinton campaign released a letter from her doctor on Friday.

Dr. Lisa Bardack, unequivocally more qualified to discuss the presidential candidate’s health, advised that “she is in excellent physical condition and [is] fit to serve as President of the United States.”


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Trump Appears to Think Jeb Bush Was President: ‘He Got Us Into the Middle East’



During a rally in South Carolina on Monday, Donald Trump appeared to confuse former Florida GOP Governor Jeb Bush with his brother, former President George W. Bush, while bragging to supporters how he beat him.

Jeb Bush, who was largely considered to be the default Republican Party nominee for the 2016 presidential election when he launched his campaign, dropped out in February of 2016 after the South Carolina primary.

“When I come here, everyone thought Bush was going to win,” Trump said, before claiming he was “up by about 50 points” over Bush. “They thought Bush because Bush was supposedly a military person.”

“You know what he was…He got us into the Middle East,” Trump claimed, wrongly. “How did that work out?”

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“But they also thought that Bush might win. Jeb. Remember Jeb? He used the word ‘Jeb,’ he didn’t use the word ‘Bush,’ I said, ‘You mean he’s ashamed of the last name?’ and then they immediately started using the name Bush,” Trump claimed.

The ex-president went on to continue denigrating Jeb Bush, accusing him of bringing his mother to campaign with him.

“Remember,” Trump said, “he brought his mother, his wonderful mother who’s 94 years old and it was pouring and they’re wheeling her around and it’s raining and horrible. I said, ‘Who would do that your mother, 94 years old. How desperate are you to win?”

Media Matters’ Craig Harrington, commenting on Trump’s latest gaffe, observed: “In the past two weeks, Donald Trump has:

– Warned that Joe Biden might start ‘World War 2’
– Confused his 2016 election opponent (Hillary Clinton) with former President Barack Obama
– Confused his 2016 primary opponent (Jeb Bush) with former President George W. Bush.”

Watch the video below or at this link.

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Fulton County Judge in Trump Case Orders Jurors’ Identities and Images Must Be Protected



The Fulton County Superior Court judge presiding over Georgia’s RICO, conspiracy, and election interference case against Donald Trump on Monday afternoon ordered the identities and images of all jurors and prospective jurors to remain secret, ordering they may only be referred to by a number.

“No person shall videotape, photograph, draw in a realistic or otherwise identifiable manner, or otherwise record images, statements, or conversations of jurors/prospective jurors in any manner” that would violate a Superior Court rule, Judge Scott McAfee ordered, “except that the jury foreperson’s announcement of the verdict or questions to the judge may be audio recorded.”

“Jurors or prospective jurors shall be identified by number only in court filings or in open court,” he added.

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Judge McAfee also ordered no juror’s or prospective juror’s identity, “including names, addresses, telephone numbers, or identifying employment information” may be revealed.

MSNBC’s Katie Phang posted the order, and added: “Another important part of the Order: no responses from juror questionnaires or notes about jury selection shall be disclosed, unless permitted by the Court.”

Judge McAfee’s order comes after Donald Trump’s weekend of attacks on his former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley. Trump strongly suggested he should be executed for treason. Trump also strongly suggested he would target Comcast, NBC News, and MSNBC if he wins the 2024 presidential election.

Responding to the news, MSNBC’s Medhi Hasan observed, “We have just normalized the fact that the former president, and GOP presidential frontrunner, is basically a mob boss.”


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‘Isn’t Glock a Good Gun?’ Trump Asks Before Saying He Is Buying One – Campaign Forced to Deny He Did



During a photo shoot at a South Carolina gun shop, Donald Trump posed with and then said he wanted to buy a Glock, asking if it is “a good gun.”

Some say it might be illegal to sell a gun to anyone under criminal indictment, and if he took the gun with him that too might be illegal. It was not clear if, despite saying he would, he actually bought the firearm. The Trump campaign initially said he had, although later backtracked on its claim, and deleted the social media post saying he had.

In the photo op (video below,) Trump posed with several people, including the Republican Attorney General of South Carolina, Alan Wilson, who has held that elected position since 2011.

“Trump’s spokesman announced that Trump bought a Glock today in South Carolina. He even posted video,” wrote former Chicago Tribune editor Mark Jacob. “If Trump took the gun with him, that’s a federal crime since he’s under indictment. There’s also a law against selling a gun to someone under federal indictment like Trump.”

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Reuters’ crime and justice reporter Brad Heath posted the federal laws that might apply, as well as Trump’s campaign spokesperson’s clip of the ex-president’s remarks, and his spokesperson saying, “President Trump purchases a @GLOCKInc in South Carolina!”

CNN analyst Stephen Gutowski, who writes about gun policy, added, “It would be a crime for him to actually buy this gun because he’s under felony indictment. Did he actually go through with this purchase?”

“People under felony indictments can’t ‘receive’ new firearms. That also means you can’t buy them,” he also wrote.

MSNBC anchor and legal contributor Katie Phang wrote, “I don’t know if he actually bought the gun. At least it didn’t happen in this video. Also, the Attorney General of South Carolina is in this video. Is he watching Trump commit a crime?”

But some pointed to a federal judge in Texas’ ruling from last year. Reuters reported, a “federal law prohibiting people under felony indictment from buying firearms is unconstitutional.”

Watch the video below or at this link.



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