The right-wing media has expressed serious concerns about Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, and those concerns have nothing to do with her emails. It is Clinton’s occasional coughing, that has conservatives questioning whether the candidate is actually healthy enough to be president.
On Sunday, The Weekly Standard went as far as posting a video online. The video was of Clinton coughing at her Bridgeport Connecticut rally on Sunday. The Standard included Clinton’s explanation for her coughing. “I have been talking non-stop for weeks now.” Apparently, Clinton’s explanation for her coughing, has not been enough to squash conservative concerns about her health.
During a Clinton radio interview with “The Breakfast Club” Monday, the Washington Free Beacon addressed what they described as Clinton’s “nagging” cough. They later offered up a recap of the interview. In their recap, the hosts joked that Clinton sounded as if she had been smoking pot, and that she might have even needed CPR.
Ultra-conservative blog Breitbart, also once voiced concerns regarding Clinton’s coughing. The blog once reported that Clinton’s coughing raises “questions about her health and stamina.” Republican front-runner Donald Trump has repeatedly called Clinton’s stamina into question.
In February, The Daily Caller posed the question “Is Hillary Clinton healthy enough to be president?” The Drudge Report went a bit further, sending out a series of tweets such as “What is wrong with her?” Drudge later sent another tweet that read “no probe into Hillary’s flaring hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s is top media coverup of ’16. There is a goiter forming.” The tweet was deleted soon after. The Drudge Report, has often proven that it has a front row seat, on the Trump Train.
All of this right-wing conjecture begs the question, what about Trump? Questions have been duly raised regarding Trump’s cognitive abilities and his mental state. The front-runner has at times, appeared incoherent and confused. His repetitious ramblings have had some wondering what might be wrong with him.
Salon addressed that very question on Monday, when they posed the question, “What if the GOP front-runner is not crazy, but simply not well?” Salon mentions an instance where Trump curiously asked an an audience of supporters in Pittsburgh, “How’s Joe Paterno? We gonna brig that back? Right? How about that? How about that whole deal?” The problem with Trump’s question was that Paterno had been dead since 2012. Also mentioned by Salon, is Trump’s inability to grasp the correct words at times, such as when Trump told Sean Hannity, that he would shut down the”Department of Environmental.” And one can hardly forget Trump’s blunder, while when speaking at a New York rally, he mistakenly referred to 9/11 as 7/11.
There is no doubt, that the health of a presidential candidate is of the utmost importance, and we should all be concerned when red flags are raised. However, it might be wise to focus our attention, not just on the physical health of a candidate, as in the case of Hillary Clinton, but on the mental health of a candidate as well, as in the case of Donald Trump. Sometimes a cough is just a cough and sometimes crazy is just crazy.