by Frank Holmes, report
For weeks before tonight’s debate, Joe Biden’s mental health and fitness has been an open question among his critics.
But according to a conspiracy theory circulating among some Democrats and members of the liberal media, it’s President Donald Trump that is having serious health problems.
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The same media that torched Trump for mentioning Hillary Clinton’s health four years ago has dabbled in the conspiracy theory.
Former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart is one of the most prominent to pile on, questioning earlier this month whether Trump had “a stroke which he is hiding from the American public?”
Did @realDonaldTrump have a stroke which he is hiding from the American public?
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 31, 2020
Around the same time MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace held a full panel — none of which were doctors — who diagnosed Donald Trump’s supposed health woes.
“I can’t diagnose the guy,”Heilemann admitted, and “maybe he doesn’t have dementia at all,”—but then he did exactly that, live on the air.
Heileman claimed Trump has “delusional tendencies … intense paranoia, and the third (symptom) is, unfortunately … racist tendencies. Their submerged racism comes to the surface.”
Health care professionals says what the leftists are doing is irresponsible, even dangerous.
“To attribute Trump’s behaviours to dementia is both hurtful and unhelpful,” said the Alzheimer’s Society in Great Britain.
They reminded the U.S. media of the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater Rule” that bars psychiatrists from commenting on the mental health of people who aren’t their patients, after a 1964 magazine article claimed that “1,189 Psychiatrists say (Barry) Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to be President!”
Goldwater sued—and won—over that.
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The sudden focus on Trump’s health is a flip-flop of Olympic proportions for MSNBC and the media in general, which declared Hillary Clinton’s health out-of-bounds during the 2016 presidential election.
MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough said in 2018 not only that Trump has dementia, but “it’s getting worse, and not a single person who works for him doesn’t know he has early signs of dementia.”
But in 2016, his show refused to play a video of Hillary Clinton coughing uncontrollably for two minutes during a campaign speech. “Trump is trying to make it look like Hillary Clinton is sick or something,” complained his co-host, Mika Brzezinski. “She’s awesome. Not sick. Isn’t she awesome?”
In June, CNN reporter Chris Cillizza said that Trump was in decline because of the “slow and halting” way Trump walked down a ramp to deliver a speech to cadets at West Point.
When people criticized his medical speculation as a non-story, Cillizza pushed back: “It actually is a story, for a lot of reasons,” including Donald Trump’s alleged “obsession” Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden’s health.
Back in 2016, however, Cillizza wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post titled,” Can we just stop talking about Hillary Clinton’s health now?”
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“This is a totally ridiculous issue – for lots of reasons,” he wrote in September 2016. “What Trump cannot — or, at least, should not — do is continue to engage with these wacky theories that emerge out of the fever swamps on the very fringe of the conservative movement.”
In 2016, Vox.com blasted Trump’s “bonkers conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton’s health.” Now, it’s reporting that the American Psychological Association should change its rule against diagnosing strangers because they’ve “never met a situation quite like Donald Trump.”
In 2016, NPR reported, “Trump Adds Fuel To Conspiracy Theories Questioning Clinton’s Health.” After Trump won the election, however, NPR was urging Trump’s personal physician to test Trump for dementia and questioning whether Trump’s speech patterns showed cognitive decline.
But no one has been as determined as Dr. Joe Gartner, a former professor at Johns Hopkins University, who wrote in USA Today, “If Donald Trump were your father, you would run, not walk, to a neurologist.”
Gartner is back with a new viral video speculating about “Trump’s cognitive decline,” which HuffPost praises. The video, which has more than 186,000 views, claims, “He’s showing signs of dementia.”
It was posted on September 11… exactly four years to the day that Hillary Clinton collapsed into a van after she cut her visit to the National September 11 Memorial short. She claimed she had pneumonia.
The accusations about Trump have even filtered down to late-night television comedians like Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert.
But these conspiracy theories about Donald Trump’s mental health are no laughing matter.
In the first year of President Trump’s first term in office, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly suggested secretly recording the president during meetings and having his Cabinet secretaries declare him mentally unfit. They would then remove him from office by invoking the 25th Amendment.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has campaigned on that idea, as well as impeachment, ever since.
The media seems to have short-term memory loss… but will American voters?
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”