As we’ve been reporting, concerns surrounding the Democrat presidential nominee’s health have been steadily — and rapidly — mounting. Images and video showing the candidate struggling to support herself and/or coughing uncontrollably. Doctors expressing “grave concern” over her medical records — including the well-known concussion she suffered in 2012. Even Hillary herself citing damage from the concussion, as recently as July, as a reason for memory issues.
And, just today, a new poll of doctors suggests that a full 71% of them believe her health concerns are “serious—could be disqualifying for the position of President of the U.S.”
As the health concerns and questions become harder and harder to just swat away or avoid altogether, the Team Clinton apparently has a new strategy: gag the media. As The Hill reports, the Clinton campaign is “warning” the media to tread carefully on this topic.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is working the refs hard when it comes to reports about her health.
While Clinton responded to a fit of coughing this week with humor, saying she was “allergic” to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, her aides and surrogates played the role of bad cop.
Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill took to task an NBC reporter who wrote about the coughing spell, posting on Twitter that the writer should “get a life.”
The five-paragraph story, by Andrew Rafferty, was titled “Hillary Clinton fights back coughing attack” and reported that the “frog in Clinton’s throat on Monday was one of the most aggressive she’s had during her 2016 run.”
Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Obama, asked via Twitter if “anyone on NBC, or anywhere else,” was willing to defend the piece.
The pushback signaled that Clinton’s campaign intends to sharply counterattack news organizations that take questions about her health seriously.
“They’re trying to work the refs a little bit as they try to push back on the mainstream media’s willingness to pick up on some of this stuff that’s usually left to the fringes,” Clinton surrogate Jim Manley explained.
The Drudge Report and other conservative media sites have largely driven the coverage of Clinton’s health, following the concussion she suffered in late 2012 and years before she announced her intention to run again for president.
[Good! And we’ll continue to keep the spotlight on important issues the lamestream media might otherwise ignore!]
But Manley said the Democrat’s camp has seen the coverage “bleeding to the mainstream media” in recent weeks.
Clinton aides and supporters see the healthcare stories as a bunch of baloney, and they want the media to cover it as such.
One former Clinton aide called it a “complete farce, and the only way to handle it is to say in no uncertain terms that Donald Trump is full of it.”
The former aide also agreed that the Clinton campaign wants to put pressure on the press.
“I think that the fact that any mainstream publications would do anything but make this is a story about Donald Trump is completely out of the mainstream and why these claims have gotten worse,” the former aide said. “Some reporters have taken these claims at face value, and it’s the reason this story is still out there.”
Those around the Clinton campaign insist Clinton World isn’t worried that the health stories will damage her White House bid, though the latest pushback comes as polls of the race have tightened.
“The fact of the matter is there is no truth or factual evidence to debunk,” the former aide said. “She is perfectly healthy. The only way is to challenge him to a pushup contest at the first debate.”
Allies, however, maintain that voters aren’t worried about the stories questioning her health.
“I think the media deserves to be beat up on this because I think it’s ridiculous. I really doubt that any American really cares about this,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon.
“This is as trivial as you can get. The media deserves pushback for giving so much coverage to this thing,” he added.
Methinks the lady doth protest too much, don’t you?
Hillary continues to hammer rival Donald Trump on releasing his tax returns, suggesting that the more he resists, the more we have reason to suspect something to hide. The same reasoning applies to Hillary’s medical records. And, in fact, Donald Trump has agreed to release his tax returns… if Hillary will release her medical records.
Seems like that would clear a lot of things right up.
Camp Clinton claims the whole hullabaloo about her health is “baloney,” no big deal — and that no American cares about this anyway. And yet they’re strong arming the “free” press to back off — or else? Or else… what???
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]