Hillary Clinton’s health has moved from questions and theories on the internet to the center of the presidential campaign. Now Donald Trump is revealing more about his health.
So tonight, the big question: why should we bother trusting anything these campaigns tell us about their candidate’s health in the first place?
Let’s give it a Reality Check.
It is the video seen round the world: Hillary Clinton leaving early from a 9-11 ceremony in New York City over the weekend. Clinton, as you can see, can barely stand and appears to be held up by Secret Service agents.
Only after this video was released did the Clinton campaign finally admit that two days before Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia. She’s back on the campaign trail as of today. It’s not a big deal, right?
Wrong. And the problem here isn’t that Clinton is sick. It’s that the campaign has denied and even lied about it.
I spoke with Dr. Ford Vox about Clinton’s near-collapse.
“We are talking about somebody who was apparently standing in the sunlight for about 90 minutes, wearing relatively dark clothing,” noted Vox.
Throw in pneumonia and its not surprising that Clinton could faint. But the bigger issue over and over isn’t that she fainted. It’s that the campaign said she was healthy when she was not.
One month ago the campaign called questions about Clinton’s health “deranged conspiracy theories” and the “parroting of lies,” but it wasn’t.
Is it possible that there is more to this illness? Is Clinton suffering from more? That is one of the prevailing theories online; that Clinton suffers from some kind of neurological disorder and that this photo is a field neurological test being performed on Clinton on 9/11.
“For that particular test, I do that physical exam myself sometimes, it’s looking for a hyperactive reflex on the foot, as well as a bunch of other reflexes that we can get,” said Vox.
To be clear, Dr. Vox says that this finger squeeze neurological test would be done after an incident like a stroke, not before. So whatever is happening here is likely not that kind of test.
So what is happening here? The truth is we don’t know, and that is the biggest problem with this entire story.
More on that in a moment but first, let’s talk about Donald Trump.
In response to what is happening with Clinton, Trump has now turned over his medical records to TV’s Dr. Oz… but not really. Trump turned over a one-page sheet containing the results of a physical but not his medical history.
So what you need to know is that with both candidates, the health issue is a microcosm of their entire campaigns.
Trump’s release of medical records is made into a TV spectacle, which releases very little actual medical history and he comes off as the healthiest candidate ever.
Clinton’s campaign won’t release anything and calls names at anyone who raises questions about the obvious, and only admits there is a problem when she’s caught.
For both candidates this isn’t a health issue, it’s a trust issue. Which is why based on this stuff we’ve seen, we probably shouldn’t trust either.
That’s Reality Check. Let’s talk about it on Twitter.