About a month ago Mrs. Clinton and her camp believed her political liabilities such as Benghazi and the home-brew private server were in their rear view mirror. Now, within 60 days of the presidential election, not only have these issues reared their heads (Congress has subpoenaed the FBI seeking more specific information on Mrs. Clinton’s dubious email practices while Secretary of State), they have been compounded by new ones. Unfortunately for Mrs. Clinton, we are well within the period of time when the voters will remember these predicaments as they step into the voting booth.
The last 10 days have been bad ones for Mrs. Clinton. First, at an LGBT fundraiser in New York, Mrs. Clinton slammed Donald Trump supporters, calling half of them “deplorable,” and “irredeemable.” In case you missed it, here is what she said:
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic -- you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people —now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks—they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America."
Trump supporters were outraged and Clinton moved quickly to try to repair the damage by saying that she regretted saying “half,” because “being grossly generalistic is never a good idea.” So, you see, she didn’t back away from the substance of the comment, but the breadth of it. Some have compared the “deplorable” comment to Mitt Romney’s comment that 47% of American voters would never vote for him because they were too reliant on government handouts. While Romney spoke the truth, the media played it on a never-ending loop hoping to incite indignation. Now, Mrs. Clinton has committed a similar gaffe and the media wants you to buy that she simply misspoke. Well, I guess she misspoke twice because she said the exact same thing on Israeli National TV the day before. Contrary to what the press wants you to believe, the comment betrays Clinton’s own deep prejudice: Speaking to a crowd of Eastern elites, she sought to paint half of Trump supporters as the Great Unwashed.
The media has also given hubby Bill Clinton a pass when, campaigning for Hillary, he made the incredibly racist suggestion that Southerners know exactly what Trump means by Make America Great Again—it’s code for bringing back the good old days of white privilege. You haven’t heard about that comment much, have you. Me neither.
But back to Hillary. As if the “deplorables” comment wasn’t bad enough, Mrs. Clinton collapsed at the 9/11 memorial service, fueling persistent rumors that she is in poor health. She was taken to her daughter’s New York City apartment and was said to have become ”overheated.” Since it was a comfortable, barely 80 degrees morning, it was not especially the kind of weather that sends people crashing to the pavement heat prostration. Later that day, Clinton’s doctor released a statement through her campaign saying that Mrs. Clinton was not overcome by the heat but was suffering from pneumonia. Supposedly Mrs. Clinton had been given this diagnosis on the preceding Friday but chose to keep the information to herself.
So, Mrs. Clinton has pneumonia but rather than make it public and rest at home, she heads out to a 9/11 memorial and has what was described by the media as a “medical episode.” Off hand, I would call that really bad judgment on the part of a presidential candidate—really poor. I don’t know about you, but unless this is new math, it doesn’t make any sense. Mrs. Clinton could very well have pneumonia but if that is the case, don’t you think that any doctor with a half a brain would have told her to go home and rest? What about prescribing medication? If Mrs. Clinton was advised to stay home and rest, then the bad judgment of attending the 9/11 memorial lies solely with her. Still, whether afflicted with poor health or bad judgment, I don’t want a president operating in either mode.
Shortly after the incident at the memorial, Mrs. Clinton announced that she would be releasing more health information. We will see if that is the case or just something to quell any further inquiry into her health. In the meantime, husband Bill has added to the uncertainty by claiming she has fainted several times from dehydration. He also said she is currently suffering from the flu. Memo to Bill: you all need to be on the same page. How he does not know what ails his wife is beyond me. The collapse was an odd one: Mrs. Clinton didn’t acknowledge her van’s arrival by looking in that direction, but remains motionless, staring straight ahead. As she falls, she doesn’t use her arms to break the fall, but tips woodenly over. At least one doctor has said he believes she maybe suffering from Parkinson’s disease. A former secret serviceman trained in observation has indicated that her body posture prior to her collapse was more indicative of a seizure than fainting.
It is a very disturbing piece of footage raising questions that are not easily answered. One thing is certain, though—the Clinton Machine will do what it does best: deny and obfuscate. When caught in a lie, they will double down and lie some more. The Clintons’ charisma and charm may have worked to paper over this kind of behavior in the past, but no more. Trump’s numbers are on the rise. Last Tuesday, in a brilliant move to counter the Clinton secrecy over Hillary’s health, Trump went on the Dr. Oz show to talk about his own medical records. You can imagine I—and my basket of deplorable friends—were watching. He seemed admirably healthy for someone a year older than Mrs. Clinton.
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