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.
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.
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
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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GOP Congresswoman Saying She Would ‘Do Anything’ to Protect Her Grandchildren, Even ‘Shooting Them’ Sets Internet on Fire
U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) in a speech denouncing a House bill on gun safety, appears to inadvertently have declared that to protect her five grandchildren, she would “do anything,” even shoot them.
“I rise in opposition to H.R. 2377,” Congresswoman Lesko says in the video. “I have five grandchildren. I would do anything, anything to protect my five grandchildren, including as a last resort shooting them if I had to, to protect the lives of my grandchildren.”
NCRM has verified the video is accurate. Congresswoman Lesko made the remarks on June 9, according to C-SPAN, while she was opposing a red flag law.
The Congresswoman presumably meant she would as a last resort shoot someone threatening her grandchildren.
One Twitter user, Ryan Shead, posted the previously ignored video to Twitter, where it has gone viral and is trending.
Lesko, who some social media users note is running for re-election unopposed, went on to say: “Democrat bills that we have heard this week want to take away my right, my right to protect my grandchildren. they want to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect their own children and grandchildren. and wives and brothers and sisters,” which is false.
“This bill takes away due process from law-abiding citizens. Can you imagine if you had a disgruntled ex or somebody who hates you because of your political views and they go to a judge and say, ‘oh, this person is dangerous,’ and that judge would take away your guns?”
Lesko’s hypothetical claims are false. Red flag laws are designed to protect both gun owners and those around them.
Allow me to introduce you to Congresswoman Debbie Lesko of Arizona, who is currently running for office unopposed in her district.
She would like America to know she loves her grandchildren so much she would shoot them if necessary. 😳
But liberals are the problem, right? 😏 pic.twitter.com/qk5BT9FDLw
— Ryan Shead (@RyanShead) July 5, 2022
Some social media users noted that Congresswoman Lesko reportedly “attended meetings about overturning the election,” while others are having fun with the Arizona Republican’s remarks:
Anybody check on Debbie Lesko’s grandkids?
— Sam Youngman (@samyoungman) July 6, 2022
Or maybe one of Debbie Lesko’s grandchildren gets rabies and she has to put it down before it attacks the other four! All sorts of things can happen.
— Ron Hogan (@RonHogan) July 6, 2022
The most probable interpretation is that @DebbieLesko meant she would shoot someone to PROTECT her grandchildren and garbled it. However, it’s the GOP, and it’s 2022. So . . . /1 https://t.co/KVWir9t8te
— CyborgSlavesOfPopehat (@Popehat) July 6, 2022
/3 Anyway, bottom line, good luck and best wishes to Debbie Lesko’s (for now) five grandchildren.
— CyborgSlavesOfPopehat (@Popehat) July 6, 2022
/4 But seriously it’s VERY unlikely that a GOP member of Congress was casually advocating shooting her grandchildren. I mean they’re white.
— CyborgSlavesOfPopehat (@Popehat) July 6, 2022
Since Debbie Lesko is trending for threatening to ::checks notes:: shoot her grandkids, now is the perfect time to revisit this recent thread/story on her very shady past. https://t.co/90xkhzrWny
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) July 6, 2022
Lauren Boebert is crazy and unqualified
Louie Gohmert is an idiot and unqualified
Marjorie Taylor Greene is dangerous and unqualified
Trump is mentally ill and unqualified
Debbie Lesko = hold my beer
— Jimmy (@JimmyStreich) July 6, 2022
This is the same Debbie Lesko who would shoot her grandchildren to own the libs. 😬
Arizona has better to offer. 💯 https://t.co/oXd9o3ucbo
— Ryan Shead (@RyanShead) July 6, 2022
I don’t think she meant the thing she said. I think she’s just dumb. She was trying to make some overblown dramatic point and she screwed up the script. https://t.co/aKzzocabim
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 7, 2022
Watch Congresswoman Lesko’s remarks above or at this link.
Separation of Church and State Is a ‘Fabrication’ Says Far Right Activist Charlie Kirk: They Should Be ‘Mixed Together’
Far-right religious activist, conspiracy theorist, and founder of the right-wing organization Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk has falsely declared that separation of church and state, a bedrock principle on which American society is based, is a “fabrication” not in the Constitution.
Kirk is a member of the secretive theocratic Council for National Policy., a close friend of Donald Trump, Jr., and spent years promoting President Trump – even interviewing him at one point. Turning Point USA has had repeated challenges. The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer in 2017 write a piece about TPUSA titled, “A Conservative Nonprofit That Seeks to Transform College Campuses Faces Allegations of Racial Bias and Illegal Campaign Activity.”
Former TPUSA communications director Candace Owens has praised Hitler, saying “the problem” with him was that he wanted to “globalize.”
On Wednesday Kirk declared, “There is no separation of church and state. It’s a fabrication. It’s a fiction. It’s not in the Constitution. It’s made up by secular humanists.”
The claim separation of church and state is not in the Constitution is a religious right belief that has been debunked by countless legal experts.
“Of course we should have church and state mixed together,” Kirk continued. “Our Founding Fathers believed in that. We can go through the detail of that. They established – literally – a church in Congress.”
That too is false.
“It’s a good thing Charlie Kirk doesn’t go to Wheaton because he would fail my Constitutional Law class,” writes Dr. Miranda Yaver, PhD, a Wheaton College professor.
As most public school students know, Kirk’s claims are belied by the First Amendment to the U.S., Constitution, which states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
It’s the Establishment Clause, legal experts say, that debunks Kirk’s falsehood.
In reviewing the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, Reuters last month noted: “It was President Thomas Jefferson who famously said in an 1802 letter that the establishment clause should represent a ‘wall of separation’ between church and state. The provision prevents the government from establishing a state religion and prohibits it from favoring one faith over another.”
Jefferson is also considered the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
Watch Charlie Kirk below or at this link.
Charlie Kirk: “There is no separation of church and state. It’s a fabrication. It’s a fiction. It’s not in the Constitution. It’s made up by secular humanists” pic.twitter.com/R4dkUSxGwI
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) July 6, 2022
Pat Cipollone Is ‘A Greatest Hits Package of Crazy Statements’ by Donald Trump: Legal Expert
Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has agreed to speak to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress on Friday.
Former Assistant Deputy Attorney General Harry Litman told CNN that Cipollone has carefully negotiated the testimony and he will likely “steer around down the middle” of the attorney/client privilege. However, former President Donald Trump is not the client of a White House counsel, the White House is. President Joe Biden has waived executive privilege for anything involving Jan. 6 or the 2020 election.
“He is a greatest hits package of crazy statements by Donald Trump,” Litman said of Cipollone. “He is the one who says to Mark Meadows, ‘You know, if you do this, you’ll have blood on your effing hands.’ He’s the one who says to Mark Meadows about [Mike] Pence, ‘You’ve got to stop it’ and Meadows says, ‘You’ve heard him. He thinks the rioters are right.’ He’s the one who has to go to Cassidy Hutchinson, a 25-year-old, and plead with her because Meadows won’t speak to him. ‘Please try to keep him from going to the Capitol.’ He’s the one who says, ‘if I go to the Capitol, it will be every effing crime imaginable.'”
“Now, they’ve negotiated it up, and probably what he wants is to say he’s not piercing attorney/client privilege. But all these statements I’ve said to you, Trump’s nowhere around. So, attorney/client has to be with the client for the purpose of getting legal advice, so he’s got tons to say without that.”
As Litman explained, Cipollone is in “everything.”
See the discussion below.
Image: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks via Flickr:
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump talk with Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, her husband Jesse Barrett, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, his wife Virginia Thomas, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, and Deputy White House Counsel Kate Comerford Todd in the Blue Room of the White House Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after attending Barrett’s swearing-in ceremony as Supreme Court Associate Justice.
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