Days after her fainting event, Hillary Clinton finally released some information regarding her medical history, but — of course — it’s hardly the complete history voters want to see. We learned she had been diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia (which she tried to conceal from the public), and that, “The remainder of her complete physical exam was normal and she is in excellent mental condition.”
It’s little surprise that she didn’t release any information on her medical history. For months, Hillary has been denying she had any health problems, which clearly isn’t the case. She’s now just releasing information on the one problem we know she has.
The health of The Donald hasn’t been discussed nearly as much as Hillary’s. A doctor’s note described his health as “astonishingly excellent,” and that he would be the “healthiest president ever” if elected, but it later turned out that note was written in a mere five minutes. Since that naturally was called into question, another medical evaluation of Trump was released today.
Along with his records, the candidate himself lobbed a one-word zinger at his opponent, Hillary Clinton, noting his stamina “to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of President of the United States.”
The campaign said Trump’s latest physical took place last Friday, administered by his doctor of nearly 36 years, Harold Bornstein of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Bornstein grabbed headlines last year with his bombastic proclamation that, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”Bernstein’s note released on Thursday was more restrained. It reveals that Trump takes a cholesterol-lowering drug (rosuvastatin) and a low-dose aspirin in addition to reiterating that his only hospitalization was for an appendectomy at the age of 11. Trump is 6-foot-3, weighing 236 pounds, placing him in the upper bound of what is considered “overweight” by the National Institutes of Health Body Mass Index calculator.
“In summary, Mr. Trump is in excellent physical health,” Bornstein wrote in the note dated Wednesday, released in conjunction with the airing of Trump’s appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show,” also taped Wednesday in New York.Trump’s campaign also issued a statement boasting about Trump’s health and taking a shot at Hillary Clinton.
“Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, who is setting records for number of events, size of crowds, and breadth of travel on the campaign trail, determined in light of increased scrutiny of candidates’ health, it was important to have a detailed physical examination for all the various standard tests attributable thereto,” the campaign said in a statement sharing the results. “We are pleased to disclose all of the test results which show that Mr. Trump is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of President of the United States.“
The Trump campaign’s mention of his “uninterrupted” schedule comes days after Hillary Clinton was forced to leave the trail while battling a case of pneumonia.
I doubt Trump has any health problems himself, but isn’t it about time both candidates released their complete medical history? I’d like to think we’re entitled to know if there’s a good chance our country will be run by Tim Kaine or Mike Pence.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]