Trump's White House apparently is where self-consciousness is going to die. After President Trump relentlessly attacked President Barack Obama for playing golf, President Trump has played golf more than Obama. After the candidate Trump carried out the simplest campaign in modern history, his family has complained about the "brutality" of politics. After Trump attacked Hillary Clinton with pleasure for using a private email server as secretary of state, numerous White House aides have used private email.
Now we can add one more to the list.
At the White House press briefing on Thursday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said goodbye to reporters but then decided she wanted to ask one more question: about Trump's health. Towards the end of his speech on Wednesday on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, you will see, Trump began to defame and mispronounce his words.
But before she answered (she said Trump's mouth was dry, again), Sanders had a bone to pick up. "I know there were a lot of questions about that," he began, "frankly, ridiculous questions."
Yes, because questioning someone's health based on an anecdote is really bad, except, of course, when "Re Trump and the person you're talking about is Hillary Clinton."
Trump's campaign in 2016 He made a concerted effort to raise questions and stoke hints about Clinton's health using exactly this kind of evidence.At one point, he even posted an ad with the video of Clinton stumbling on a September 11 memorial and repeatedly coughing, as well as a photo of her getting help while climbing stairs.
"Hillary Clinton does not have the strength, strength or resistance to lead in our world," the narrator intoned while touching the dark music.
The announcement was based on conspiracy theories about Clinton's health dating back months and even years, using the same images and videos transmitted by internet suarios that offer their own Clinton diagnoses.
Trump himself never connected the points so directly, but he repeatedly questioned Clinton's resistance. "Are you supposed to fight all these different things, and you can not get to 15 feet from your car? Give me a break," he said after Clinton stumbled at the September 11 ceremony, whose campaign blamed a diagnosis of pneumonia not published previously.
Trump also tweeted about Clinton's coughing fits.
The media never covered the massive Hillary "hacking"
or coughing attack, however, it is # 1 in trends. What happens?
– Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2016
But while Trump did not offer specific diagnoses, his campaign did. At one point, national spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said Clinton had a condition called dysphasia.
"What's new are the other reports of the observations of Hillary Clinton's behavior and gestures, specifically with what you just showed in the previous videos, as well as her dysphasia, the fact that she has fallen, has had a commotion brain, "Pierson told MSNBC.
Dysphasia is a language disorder defined as the "loss or deficiency in the power to use or understand language as a result of an injury or disease of the brain." So, the parallels with Trump's situation could not be more direct. The White House says that simply raising questions about Trump's health is not right, although the Trump campaign offered specific diagnoses and hints about similar episodes for Clinton.
That does not mean that nobody should be speculating too much about Trump's health. Building theories based on a small fraction of Trump's public observations is taking things too far. But the White House has opened up to this, both through the conduct of the Trump campaign in the 2016 electoral campaign and through Trump's insufficient revelations about his health. (We discovered earlier this year that Trump's doctor did not disclose all the medications he was taking, particularly a medication for hair loss, for example)
As Callum Borchers noted last week, White House reporters They have been asking for months about when Trump could get a physical exam, and have not received any answers. Fortunately, Sanders revealed on Thursday that Trump will have a complete physical examination early next year and that the results will be made public.
So, if the journalists did not get anything else to ask about the insults, they at least got an answer to that question.