A new poll should have Hillary Clinton panicking — but this one isn’t an election poll showing Donald Trump climbing ahead.
Fueled by a photo posted on the Drudge Report alleging to show Hillary Clinton needing help up a flight of stairs, questions began to spawn surrounding Hillary’s health. A video by Paul Joseph Watson which has racked up over four million views outlined most of the reasons for suspicions (some of which admittedly are a bit far-fetched for our own liking).
While Hillary and her campaign were quick to dismiss the questions surrounding her health as mere conspiracies, she still hasn’t released her medical records, even as Donald Trump pledged to release his in exchange for her doing the same. Aside from opening a pickle jar in a staged gimmick on the Jimmy Kimmel show, the Democrat nominee hasn’t done anything to reassure voters that she’s in good health. Quite the contrary — in fact, just earlier this week, multiple coughing fits that interrupted Hillary’s appearances only further fueled the already well-stoked fire.
The polls show that voters want both candidates to release their medical histories to the public. It’s not just Republicans making the push; even Barack Obama’s former physician wants those records released, and wants Hillary to undergo a neurological evaluation (and he’s voting for her)!
Now, a new poll is out — and it shows that it isn’t just the majority of voters who are concerned; it’s the majority of doctos as well. As PR Newswire reports:
Concerns about Hillary Clinton’s health are “serious—could be disqualifying for the position of President of the U.S.,” say nearly 71% of 250 physicians responding to an informal internet survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in virtually all specialties and every state. Founded in 1943, AAPS has the motto “omnia pro aegroto,” which means “all for the patient.”
About 20% said concerns were “likely overblown, but should be addressed as by full release of medical records.” Only 2.7% responded that they were “just a political attack; I have confidence in the letter from her physician and see no cause for concern.”
While more than 81% were aware of her history of a concussion, only 59% were aware of the cerebral sinus thrombosis, and 52% of the history of deep venous thrombosis.
More than 78% said the health concerns had received “not enough emphasis” in the media, and only 2.7% that there had been “too much emphasis.”
Eighty-eight respondents submitted comments. One said that “the public interest will ALWAYS override either privacy rights or rights of self-determination in the case of a presidential candidate.” Another mentioned Clinton’s “so called loss of memory claimed during her FBI questioning about her email server.” Beyond the specific questions, one remarked that “I think that the candidate should be honest with the public about his/her health!” The history of the concussion was concerning: “The public must watch the movie Concussion to realize that such an injury does affect thought process.”
You can read all the responses to the poll in the here.
The question of Hillary’s health is no longer part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy”; it’s a mainstream issue — and rightly so.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]