One of the big concerns many Americans have this election cycle centers around Hillary Clinton’s questionable health, a topic that just doesn’t sit too well with liberal journalist Chris Cillizza.Cillizza published a piece at the Washington Post, demanding folks stop questioning Hillary’s health, however, there’s just one teeny, tiny problem.
Back in 2008, he penned a piece about former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.The hypocrisy is astounding.
According to TheBlaze, Cillizza’s recent column — “Can We Just Stop Talking About Hillary Clinton’s Health Now?” — called attention to conservative websites pushing the conspiracy theory that somehow Clinton is physically unfit to be president, even though her doctor has released a letter stating otherwise.
But in 2008, even after John McCain’s health records were made public, Cillizza wrote an article for the Post titled, “McCain’s Health: What It Means.”In the May 2008 column, Cillizza called the early medical records released by McCain “promising,” but later in the article, he went on to write, “[T]he Arizona senator’s campaign is well aware that concerns about whether he is well enough and up to the job are potentially perilous for a candidate seeking to win the age versus experience battle with youthful Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in the fall.”
“To that end,” Cillizza continued, “the McCain campaign knew this day would inevitably come. What was out of their control was what the records would say. Picking how the release of the records would be played in the media, however, was under their control and they sought to control it.”
The columnist’s approach to the topic was markedly different from that of his approach today. In Tuesday’s column, he wrote, “This is a totally ridiculous issue — for lots of reasons — and one that if Trump or his Republican surrogates continue to focus on is a surefire loser in the fall.”Here’s a small sample of his thoughts on Clinton’s health in his recent piece:
“So, to believe that something is seriously wrong with Clinton, you have to a) assume her doctor lied and b) that her coughing, which often happens when someone catches a cold or spends a lot of time speaking publicly, is a symptom of her deeper, hidden illness.”
In summary, Cillizza has zero problems with calling a Republican candidate’s health into question, but if it’s someone from his team, well, now, that’s sexist, ageist, and any other “ist” you can concoct.Truth be told, the health of any candidate is something important for voters to know, regardless of what party they are involved with.
If someone isn’t physically capable of doing the job, they shouldn’t be running for office. It’s really that simple.
If she’s truly sick and tired of being asked about her health (rather than just being sick and tired), she should release her medical records and put the rumors to rest. Until she does, it truly appears she has something major to hide — other than emails.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]