The Clintons – both of them – have a track record of deception and deflection. If they are confronted with a undesirable situation or question, they routinely deflect and/or deceive. It’s second nature to these ultra-insider Washington politicians.
So, it should come as no surprise that the standard response to any query about Hillary Clinton’s health is that the issue has been addressed – move on, nothing to see here. This political response was evident in a recent interview with a Tampa, Florida TV station Wednesday when Hillary Clinton laughed and ruled out taking any neuro-cognitive tests before November’s presidential election. Clinton brushed the questions of saying “there is no need” for such testing.
In the wake of her collapse after her early departure from the 15th anniversary commemoration of the 9/11 attacks, there obviously is a need. Increasingly, established and noted medical experts are insisting that there is a need.
In an interview with the local ABC affiliate in Tampa, Clinton literally burst out laughing at the suggestion she take some neuro-cognitive tests. It was obvious her campaign had debated how she should respond to any questions on this matter given the mounting interest in the facts.
“You know, I, I am very sorry that I got pneumonia. I’m very glad that antibiotics took care of it and uh, that’s behind us now,” Clinton said through a nonchalant chuckle. “I’ve met the standard that everybody running for president has met in terms of releasing information about my health. Uh, I have to say my opponent has not met that standard. Uh, so I am very happy that we have put out all the information that there is uh, that reflects on my health and I am physically, mentally healthy and fit to be president of the United States.”
This is typical Clinton, deflecting. Instead of answering the question with substance, she decides – for the interviewer – that the question has been answered and that the interest in the subject is now over.
The interviewer wasn’t that easily dissuaded asking if Clinton would be willing to take some rudimentary neuro-cognitive tests right then. This is when Clinton switched to the addendum to the planned response.
“There’s no need for that,” she said dismissively. “I mean, my, the information is very clear and the information as I said meets the standards that every other person running for president has ever had to meet and I’m happy that we’ve met and even exceeded them in certain ways.”
The interviewer’s question was likely spurred by a recent paragraph in a New York Times article published earlier this week on Clinton’s health:
“Because Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump are in the age range of increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, some experts have urged that they both take neuro-cognitive tests that can detect early clues to dementia. While dementia can develop independent of head trauma, researchers are exploring whether a head injury might hasten development of dementia, as has been seen with former boxers and football players.”
That Clinton is desperately trying to make the issue of her health – and especially her neurological health – a “past issue” saying “there is no need” to explore the matter any further, the opposite is true.
We cannot have a President of the United States who refuses to be transparent with the American people. We have suffered eight years of that and we will take no more. The presidency, while the most important job in America, is still a job. And the employers are the American people.
Should Hillary Clinton continue to keep her full medical records from the public she should remove herself from contention for the job.
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