Crazed Conservatives: ‘Hillary Clinton Has Parkinson’s Disease’
â€œConspiracy theories are so much more interesting than the truth,â€ CNNâ€™s Brian Stelter says.
Conspiracy theorists and conservative media outlets have taken to the internet to diagnose Hillary Clinton with seizures and Parkinsonâ€™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. HoftÂ declared that the diagnosis was breaking news (perhaps unfamiliar with the term), citing fellow conservative outlet Danger & Playâ€™s research team of unnamed medical â€œprofessionalsâ€ which analyzed Clintonâ€™s health.
Hillary Clinton Has Parkinsonâ€™s Disease, Physician Confirms #HillarysHealth https://t.co/Z8qPlzpvMu
â€” Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 12, 2016
These â€œanalystsâ€ consisted of the author, an unnamed anesthesiologist described as not having the â€œexpertise to evaluate [Parkinsonâ€™s Disease] signs and symptoms,â€ a â€œclose friend of the authorâ€™ and â€œthe authorâ€™s brother.â€ (Hoft is frequently cited as the â€œstupidest man on the internet.â€)
â€œHillaryâ€™s health is declining, as anyone who has looked at her can see,â€ 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 Clintonâ€™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 Clintonâ€™s elbow fracture in 2009, in which â€œlittle else was revealed,â€ though does not advise if other human beings have ever fractured an elbow, or discern what additional â€œbreakingâ€ news should have been disclosed.
He points to a rally in which Clinton, holding her microphone with her left hand, occasionally holds â€œher right hand pressed against her chest.â€ (The video of the rally shows that sheâ€™s discussing a topic she calls disheartening.) It was at the same event that Clinton later gestured with her right hand, which is â€œvery unnatural,â€ 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.
SHOCK PHOTO: Multiple staffers help unstable Hillary up stairs https://t.co/yBXF6k8q4E via @american_mirror pic.twitter.com/CcH5a75j1c
â€” Trump is Patriot (@TrumpisPatriot) August 7, 2016
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, â€œwithout warningâ€¦ began a bizarre head-bobbing episode,â€ is further â€œevidenceâ€:
Not of Clintonâ€™s failing health, Associated Press reporter Lisa Lerer, seen in the video, has since written. But rather of what she calls â€œfodder for Trump supportersâ€™ most popular conspiracy theories: [Clintonâ€™s] failing health.â€ She goes on to discuss that where she â€œsaw evasiveness, they saw seizures.â€
Not to be out-â€œresearchedâ€ by far right-wing websites, Fox News host Sean Hannity dedicated an entire week of his program to the â€œinvestigation,â€ asserting that the video in fact showed Clinton having a seizure and that during the exchange, reporter Lisa Lerer was scared. Except:Â
Seemingly as “proof” @seanhannity said: “The reporter got scared.” Fox didn’t call. For the record, I wasn’t scared. https://t.co/rJUYSz6997
â€” Lisa Lerer (@llerer) August 12, 2016Â
Hannity also discussed the issue with neurosurgeon and failed presidential candidate Ben Carson. Carson, who laughed at the sight of the video (â€œit just looks funny,â€ he said), offered that â€œcertainly as a person gets older, the number of medical conditions that we have to watch for increases.â€ (Donald Trump, it should be noted, is older than Hillary Clinton.)
One reporter, who is epileptic, wrote that Hannityâ€™s â€œwillingness to deceive [his] viewers [and] to degrade those of us with epilepsy, to suggest something is a seizure when it looks nothing like oneâ€¦ is unforgivable.â€ He further asked of Hannity, â€œwhat kind of seizure do you think it was, Sean? Jacksonian? Tonic-clonic? Atonic? Complex-partial? â€¦You donâ€™t even know what any of that means.â€
CNNâ€™s Brian Stelter further blasted the coverage, RealClear Politics reported. â€œConspiracy theories are so much more interesting than the truth,â€ Stetler said in his report, video below. â€œBut the last time I checked, Fox still has the word â€˜newsâ€™ in its name.â€
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 candidateâ€™s health, advised that â€œshe is in excellent physical condition and [is] fit to serve as President of the United States.â€
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Trump Desperate to Keep Any Possible Criminal Evidence From Supreme Court: Legal Expert
Donald Trump’s decision to allow one of his lawyers to speak before a grand jury on Friday morning, instead of appealing all the way to the Supreme Court, may have been made out of fear of what the justices on the nation’s highest court might see if they reviewed the case.
According to MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin, under normal circumstances, the former president would have dragged out a legal fight over attorney-client privilege that would have kept attorney Evan Corcoran from testifying under oath about Trump’s possession of government documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort that led to the FBI showing up with a warrant.
As Rubin notes, the fact that Trump let Corcoran testify over three hours raised eyebrows.
“For one, yes, it is indeed unusual, if not unheard of, for a lawyer to be litigating against a party one day and then testifying under court-ordered examination by that same party the next one,” she wrote before suggesting Trump and his legal team were looking at the long game when he might need the predominantly conservative Supreme Court to lend him a helping hand.
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Writing, “Trump has made clear he believes this Supreme Court — controlled by conservative justices, three of whom he appointed — owes him one,” she added, “My hunch is that Trump’s team let Corcoran’s testimony happen because of what’s likely involved in any request to pause, much less, review a crime-fraud-related ruling: the evidence.”
“Put another way, if Trump had petitioned the Supreme Court to stay Corcoran’s testimony and document production, the justices would have seen some, if not all, of what Judge Howell and the three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit have already reviewed: proof that Trump misled Corcoran and engaged in criminal conduct,” she elaborated.
Rubin went on to note that Trump would likely appeal any conviction to the Supreme Court, writing, “And for someone whose one last hope, if he is ultimately charged or tried by any of the multiple entities now investigating him, is that same Supreme Court, letting the justices see evidence of his alleged crimes now would be a bridge too far.”
“Trump can’t afford to lose the Supreme Court yet,” she suggested.
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No TX Congressional Republican Will Say If They’re Attending Trump’s Rally in Waco – Will He Have Trouble Filling Seats?
Donald Trump‘s Saturday campaign rally in Waco, Texas, falls during the 30th anniversary of the 51-day siege that community is known for, when 86 people died after a failed ATF raid on an anti-government religious cult suspected of illegally stockpiling firearms amid allegations of sexual abuse, statutory rape, and polygamy.
Experts have been warning for a week that Trump’s choice of Waco, synonymous with violent anti-government extremism, was no accident. His rhetoric this week, including most recently Friday when he warned of “potential death & destruction” should he be indicted, has been seen as encouraging violence.
NCRM was among the first news outlets to report experts’ concerns over Trump’s choice to hold a rally in Waco during the 30th anniversary of the deadly siege.
Not a single congressional Republican from Texas will say they are attending, nor has the town’s GOP mayor, according to a report from Insider, which contacted over two dozen Republican lawmakers and other elected officials.
“None of the 30 Texas Republicans Insider contacted about the event said they were going,” Insider reveals.
“Most of the 30 GOP members contacted about Donald Trump’s inaugural visit to the site of a 30-year-old standoff between cult leader David Koresh and federal authorities did not respond to requests for comment about whether they intended to rally with the scandal-plagued candidate and perhaps say a few kind words,” Insider reports.
“Rep. Pete Sessions, a Waco native who now represents the surrounding 17th congressional district, praised Trump for shining a light on his hometown but said he’d have to miss the spectacle,” Insider adds. “Aides to Rep. Troy Nehls, one of the four House Republicans from Texas who have formally backed Trump’s 2024 run, told Insider he wouldn’t be heading to Waco because of a prior commitment in Washington, DC, this weekend.”
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Meanwhile, in addition to guest list challenges – the campaign refused to tell Insider who the guest speakers will be – Trump may have trouble filling seats.
Mary Trump, the ex-president’s niece who opposes him, has been running a campaign to get anti-Trump Americans to “sign up” for tickets to the Saturday rally, in the hopes of being able to turn away supporters.
Let’s fill this venue with empty seats.https://t.co/3tGSfan5iw
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) March 24, 2023
“Donald has a rally in Waco this Saturday,” she also said via Twitter. “It’s a ploy to remind his cult of the infamous Waco siege of 1993, where an anti-government cult battled the FBI. Scores of people died. He wants the same violent chaos to rescue him from justice.”
“But we can stop him. If we book the 50,000+ venue, we can make sure most of the seats are empty when the traitor takes the stage,” she said. “We can no longer fail to hold powerful men accountable for their crimes against our country.”
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‘Utter Cowardice’: Jim Jordan Blasted for Telling Reporter He Can’t Read Trump’s Violence-Threatening Post Without Glasses
Countless GOP lawmakers over the years have professed ignorance over Donald Trump’s tweets as reporters ask them to respond, often claiming they hadn’t read them, but House Republican Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan took that performance to a whole new level Friday afternoon.
NBC News senior national political reporter Sahil Kapur asked the Ohio Republican congressman to weigh in on Trump’s social media post threatening “potential death & destruction” if he gets indicted.
“Jordan said he hasn’t seen Trump’s post,” Kapur said via Twitter. “When I showed [it] to him on my phone, he said he can’t read well without his glasses.”
“He added he’s reviewing DA Bragg’s letter,” Kapur added.
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Jordan, who didn’t need glasses to appear on Fox Business just two days ago (photo) is getting blowback.
VICE News Deputy DC Bureau Chief Todd Zwillich explained the progression.
“The stages of ignoring incitement,” he tweeted. “2016: I don’t respond to tweets —> 2018: I havent seen the tweet —-> 2023: I literally can’t see the tweet.”
“Utter cowardice,” declared former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh. “Not at all the @Jim_Jordan I knew & served with in Congress 10 yrs ago. Or…maybe it is.”
“The sheer dishonesty and cowardice of these people,” lamented MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, echoing Walsh’s remarks.
Government watchdog group Citizens for Ethics said the “extent to which Trump’s backers in Congress are going to not condemn [his] calls for violence are ludicrous.”
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Some tied Jordan’s inability to see the post to his apparent inability to see or remember all the Ohio State wrestlers who say they complained to Jordan when he was their assistant coach, about being sexually harassed or assaulted by the team doctor. To this day despite numerous reports and people publicly coming forward, Jordan denied it ever happened.
“Apparently, Jim Jordan is unable to see wrestlers being sexually abused or Donald Trump social media posts,” attorney and Republican turned Democrat Ron Filipkowski tweeted.
“Well, @Jim_Jordan has shown before that he has trouble seeing threats right in front of his nose, so this checks out,” tweeted historian Kevin M. Kruse.
But Jordan’s Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee may have served up the best response: “Why do you need your glasses to condemn violence @Jim_Jordan?”
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