Did you hear!? Hillary Clinton practically died after having a coughing fit during a rally this weekend. It was huge news in the right-wing media sphere because it confirmed the conspiracy theory that Clinton is obviously dying of some horrible disease and too frail to serve as president. I mean, who coughs?
So after the coughing fit, Newt Gingrich went on Sean Hannity’s radio show to gossip like two hens about the Democratic nominee’s health.
Gingrich feigned his concern Hannity:
This coughing stuff, I hope [Hillary’s] alright. It’s a little disturbing.
Hannity replied, saying:
It lasted for four minutes and 20 seconds this weekend. I think we need to know if she’s healthy.
Hannity then reminded his audience that Clinton had a concussion a few years ago, insinuating now that on top of coughing, Clinton had brain damage. It was shortly after this discussion, Gingrich started coughing. But it’s okay if he does it, when a man does it, it’s normal, you know?
Now you sound like Hillary! Can I get you a drink of water? By the way, yours didn’t last 4 minutes and 20 seconds―thank God!
To which Gingrich said he was “in better shape than Hillary.” Gingrich then said his throat dries out from all his speaking engagements and the dry air on airplanes because he travels frequently. But Hillary Clinton has spoken and traveled more than Gingrich over the past year, but apparently that doesn’t factor in at all. Only Newt’s throat is allowed to get dry. His cough for some odd reason doesn’t signal to Hannity that he’s suffering from tuberculosis or a seizure disorder or a stroke.
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) September 6, 2016
Hillary Clinton has released her medical records. It’s also understandable that speaking engagement after speaking engagement, changes in climate, and dry airplane air would have an adverse effect on her vocal chords. So these attacks on Hillary Clinton’s health are just a symptom that the party doing the attacking has nothing tangible on the Democratic nominee. Attacking her actions on Benghazi went nowhere, her email “scandal” went nowhere, the Clinton Foundation attack is going nowhere. So the fact that Hannity and Trump’s goon squad are now timing coughs and suggesting this all means Clinton can’t lead the country, shows they’re holding absolutely nothing in their hand.
I’ll remind you that one of the greatest presidents this country ever had had polio. That crippling disease did not impair Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ability to take this country into a safe, secure, economically sound and prosperous country. If the choice is between an incompetent nominee that thinks stamina equals intelligence and ability to govern or a competent, wise nominee who coughs from time to time or, I’ll choose the latter every single time.
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