After heart attack, is Bernie fit for rigors of the campaign trail?

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Media outlets are already scrambling to call it quits for Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign after he suffered a heart attack on Tuesday.

They haven’t said it outright, but they’ve certainly suggested it in more ways than one. And not just the conservative media, which are eager to knock any Democrat candidate down a peg or two, but the mainstream establishment media as well.

Watch some media figures speaking about Sanders’ health below:


(Source: Mediaite)

This growing sentiment concerns the senator’s stunning, unexpected hospitalization last Tuesday for what was originally made out to be some sort of “minor” heart condition.

“Sen. Bernie Sanders’s admission late Friday that he had suffered a heart attack three days earlier invited new scrutiny of the presidential candidate’s age, health and ability to keep up with the rigors of a national campaign,” a piece at The Washington Post reads.

The piece was published after Sanders was suddenly released from the hospital after having been treated earlier in the week for the allegedly “minor” condition.

Except the “minor” heart condition turned out to be a heart attack — which is kind of a big deal, though Sanders has repeatedly tried to shrug it off as nothing:

And now both liberal and conservative media pundits appear to agree that the 2020 contender’s sudden enthusiasm is a bit difficult to believe.

As noted Friday evening on CNN by political adviser Mark McKinnon, what happened last week to Sanders, whom he noted is “already seen as the old guy in the race,” has done harm to the senator’s campaign by “confirm[ing] the suspicions voters had” about his age.

The following day, CNN Washington correspondent Ryan Nobles noted that what happened will “no doubt be an issue for him going forward.”

“While Sanders feels better and his doctors have said that his prognosis is good, this no doubt will be an issue for him going forward. His age — he just turned 78 — has long been a knock on his campaign, and now with the specter of a recent heart attack added to the mix, it’s going to make the argument that he is up to the job that much more difficult,” Nobles said.

Not surprisingly, the folks over at Fox News were in agreement. Speaking on Saturday morning on “Fox & Friends,” co-host Pete Hegseth expressed confidence that Sanders is in trouble.

“We wish him a speedy recovery. At the same time his campaign is going to need a speedy recovery, because he was already on his way to the second tier,” he said.

True. While Sanders began at second place, trailing lead candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, he’s since fallen to third place behind fellow Elizabeth Warren.

(Source: RealClearPolitics)

“Something like this will, and it shouldn’t be this way but it is, you’re 78 years old, you’re running for president, you have a heart attack, people are going to ask questions,” Hegseth continued. “Are you able to do the job? So we hope he comes back, he’ll be at the debate stage, but definitely a setback for that campaign.”

But not everybody shares the belief that this is the beginning of the end for Sanders. Take Nathan Robinson, the decidedly left-wing editor-in-chief of Current Affairs magazine.  In a piece published on Saturday, he maintained that Sanders will ignore his health issues and remain in the race because he knows only he has what it takes to fix America …

“I do not love people I do not know, and I have never met Bernie, so I do not love Bernie,” the piece reads. “But I also feel like this candidacy is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something incredible, and that if we don’t take it we’ll regret it, and that he knows that, and that he’s willing to destroy himself and shorten his life and give up whatever he might have wanted to do with his twilight years in order to accomplish the most serious political mission of any of our lifetimes.”

“It has to be done, and he knows it. I don’t think he’s particularly glad that it’s fallen on him to do it, but it has,” the piece continues. “And so he will do it or he will die trying, and the rest of us need to do whatever we can to make sure he doesn’t have to die trying.”

The senator’s national press secretary, Briahna Joy Gray, and campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, responded to the piece by proudly sharing it to their Twitter feeds:

However, they haven’t shared any of the myriad of reports that have been critical — and arguably more realistic — about Sanders’ health problems.

Vivek Saxena

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