Two possible scenarios are at play over Clinton’s alleged injury: She lied to get out of testifying in Congress, or she was so injured that she could have lasting damage.
But here is the trap, I believe, that devious Rove has laid: He isn’t interested in whether Clinton has a medical problem. He is targeting her lie, believing that she made up the injury to get out of testifying. By questioning her fitness to run for president, he is forcing her supporters and the news media to emphasize how slight her injuries were. Then, Republicans will be able to put two and two together for voters.
On Dec. 13, 2012, Clinton ducked out of testifying before the House and Senate foreign affairs committees. She was called to explain her disastrous failures and outright lies before, during and after the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines said Clinton was suffering from a stomach virus, fainted and hit her head, which caused a concussion. Reines was vague on when the fall took place.
“I still have some lingering effects from falling on my head and having the blood clot,” Clinton said on “60 Minutes” in January 2013. “But, you know, the doctors tell me that that will all recede.”
Volunteering such information on national TV suggests there’s a possibility that the “lingering effects” might not recede. So if Clinton wants to be president, Rove’s questions are reasonable.
Also, let us not forget that the secretary of state is in the line of succession for the presidency under the U.S. Constitution. So Clinton’s health is no small matter.
Although Clinton did testify later in January 2013, the issue was drawn out. But more importantly, the delay seemed tactical, giving Clinton more time to manufacture excuses and distractive narratives.
Earlier this week, Rove questioned Clinton’s health at a political conference in Los Angeles, Calif., according to the New York Post.
“Thirty days in the hospital?” he said. “And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”
Rove repeated the claim a number of times during his comments at the conference, according to the Post.
Rove’s comments were interesting because they had nothing do with the topic of the conference. Sure seems like he’s laying a carefully calculated trap.
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