According to The New York Times, Hillary Clinton is exempt from any questions regarding her physical health. In an article highlighting Donald Trump’s recent comments about Hillary’s ability to do the job she’s seeking, the paper determined that the Republican nominee was simply playing to “age and sex stereotypes of women being too frail to handle strenuous activities.”
“In a prominent national security address on Monday,” wrote the Times, “Mr. Trump could not have been more explicit when he said that Mrs. Clinton ‘lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS, and all the many adversaries we face.'”
Those concerns didn’t originate with Trump, though. They came from watching Hillary on the campaign trail. Even on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, the nominee peppered her victory speech with an endless series of grunts and coughs. And if you look back at video clips from the past year or so, you’ll see that this woman’s health is not just a topic for idle gossip; stumbles, falls, blank looks, and obvious exhaustion are just some of the troubling symptoms Hillary has displayed on camera.
And we’re supposed to turn our heads because of some made-up sexist stereotypes?
Let’s be serious here for a minute because this goes beyond the usual back-and-forth between the left and the right. If you’re a Democrat and you’re honest with yourself, you would be all over Donald Trump if he were demonstrating signs of neurological distress. Especially if Trump had Hillary’s medical background, which includes hypothyroidism and the potentially-lingering effects from a 2012 concussion. Are we casting a vote for Hillary Clinton or for President Tim Kaine here? Is that not an important question to consider before making such a monumental national decision?
On Wednesday, Donald Trump sat down for his first national security briefing, defying legions of liberal armchair psychologists who say he’s too reckless to be trusted with classified information. Ignoring the specific irony of that analysis, they obviously agree that a candidate’s mental health – neurological or psychological – is relevant. But while they’re busy joshing about and worrying that Trump will give away the game on Twitter, his opponent could be one bad fall away from a fatal hemorrhage.
Maybe the videos are lying and Hillary is telling the truth.
Either way, it’s a valid question and it doesn’t have anything to do with sexism.