Love her or hate her, not too many people question Hillary Clinton’s mental capacity. Except of course, for Donald Trump. His latest, “mental capacity” salvo, supported by right-wing nut Sean Hannity who did an entire segment based on rank speculation, is sad. But then again, so is Trump. Donald Trump insinuating that Hillary Clinton is somehow mentally challenged or not up to the job? Mr. Kettle? There’s a Mr. Pot on line two.
As a journalist, the most troubling thing for me about this angle is Hannity. His show featured so-called experts who analyzed an incident in which Clinton, shown from behind, with some rather violent head jerks. We don’t know what was said leading into it but it certainly could have been just her reacting to something outrageous or even humorous.
The point is, the invective that Clinton is somehow mentally damaged is wholly devoid of any fact or evidence whatsoever. But it does make good fodder for conspiracy theorists. In 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion when she became dehydrated and fell. She developed what’s called a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).
I point this out simply for disclosure sake. If I was brain damaged from every time I suffered a concussion, I’d be sitting a dark room next to Al Toon singing nursery rhymes. (And yes, I know my multiple-concussion high school and collegiate hockey career explains a lot, thank you).
Clinton’s physician Dr. Lisa Bardack takes exception to the supposedly “leaked” medical records. She released the following statement: “I have recently been made aware of allegedly ‘leaked’ medical documents regarding Secretary Clinton with my name on them,” Bardack said. “These documents are false, were not written by me and are not based on any medical facts. To reiterate what I said in my previous statement, Secretary Clinton is in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States.”
One need to look no further than YouTube to find the “seizure” in question posted by such fine, upstanding folks named “MuffinBoy” or “Occult Investigations, Inc.”
We already know this is the strangest, weirdest, somewhat pathetic presidential campaign in our lifetime. But shouldn’t we expect more from Sean Hannity and FOX News? They still have “news” in their name. Conspiracy theory has now hit the mainstream and we should all be ashamed that it’s being accepted. Yes, Sean Hannity is off-the-charts right wing. But an entire segment on something made up out of whole cloth? That’s wretched even for him.
Less than 80 days to go and it’s not going to get any better.