Hillary Clinton health scare goes mainstream
Hillary Clinton "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on" the war against terrorists, Donald Trump said earlier this month.
Isn't that an unusual way for the Republican presidential candidate to attack his opponent's plans for combating the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda? That's the wrong question, because it's not what Trump's comment is about.
In his usual roundabout way, he's really attacking Clinton's health, highlighting a conspiracy theory that has roiled the right-wing corner of the internet ever since Clinton suffered a severe concussion in 2012.
Slowly but surely, insinuations about dementia and other supposed Clinton illnesses have gone mainstream during this election season. Reality-TV doctor Drew Pinsky, talking about Clinton's health in a radio discussion earlier this month, mentioned the possibility of "brain damage" and added: "What is going on with her health care?" And Dr. David Scheiner, President Barack Obama's physician during Obama's years in Chicago, said on CNN this week that the Democratic nominee should undergo a "thorough" neurological examination before Election Day. "We know what happens to football players who have had concussions, how they begin to lose some of their cognitive ability," he said.