Saturday, August 27, 2016

An Acute Case of Trumpitis

Only the best doctors. Trump's doctor sounds like a guy who could make Putin and Kim Jong-un proud.

Back in November:

"Donald Trump released a note from his personal physician on Monday that assessed the candidate's health in positively Trumpian terms."

"Trump's recent lab tests were "astonishingly excellent," said Harold Bornstein, a gastroenterologist on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. His recent examination showed "only positive results." His strength and stamina are "extraordinary." His cardiovascular system is "excellent," and he has "no history" of drinking or smoking."

What's more, Bornstein writes, "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."

"Clearly, Trump's hyperbole is itself a disease — and it's contagious."

It turns out that this amazing bill of health where Trump was declared the healthiest individual ever to run for President was written in just 5 minutes with Trump's limo waiting for the hyperbolic doc outside.

"The famous letter proclaiming that Donald Trump would be the healthiest president ever was written in just five minutes, Trump’s personal doctor said on Friday."

"Dr. Harold Bornstein dashed off the letter in December while a limo sent by Trump waited outside his office to collect the document, he told NBC News. The letter said he had been Trump's personal physician since 1980."

"If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual elected to the presidency," reads the letter, which is dated Dec. 4, 2015, and was released by the Trump campaign days later. The letter also says that Trump's blood pressure and lab results were "astonishingly excellent" and that "[h]is physical strength and stamina are extraordinary."

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So now that they've finally got in touch with Bornstein this is what he comes up with:

"In his NBC interview Friday, Bornstein stood by that assessment."

"His health is excellent, especially his mental health. He thinks he's the best, which works out just fine," he said.

He added, "I think he would be fit because, I think his brain is turned on 24 hours a day."

"Bornstein is a gastroenterologist based at Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side, about a mile from Trump Tower. He is a certified member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, according to his website, which does not list a license to practice psychology or psychiatry."

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His brain is turned on 24 hours a day-as opposed to other brains turned on for less than 24 hours. I thought if your brain turns off even for 24 seconds you'd be dead. That sounds like the sort of assessment you need a license to make.

This reminds you of when Trump said 'I have a very good brain.'

Yep, Trumpitis is contagious.

Then there is the begging question as to why he has a gastroenterologist if he's in such perfect health?

"But the letter, just 14 sentences long, hardly constitutes a "full medical report" of the kind that past presidential nominees have released. It also contains several errors: It begins "To Whom My Concerns," and says that Bornstein's most recent medical examination of Trump "showed only positive results" -- medical terminology that usually indicates confirmation of a certain condition.

"Bornstein explained that he didn’t have time to write the letter until the limo was arriving at his office, and didn’t proofread it before he sent it off."

"I thought about it all day and at the end, I get rushed and I get anxious when I get rushed. So I try to get four or five lines down as fast as possible so that they would be happy," he told NBC News.

As for the letter's purple, Trump-like prose, "I think I picked up his kind of language and then just interpreted it to my own," he said.

But, he added, "In the rush, I think some of those words didn't come out exactly the way they were meant."

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Only the best people. Only the best doctors. So basically Trump had him slap this thing together at the point of a gun. If Bornstein is a licensed doctor is there any chance he loses that license after this?

"Bornstein, according to NBC News, didn’t go in-depth on his political views, but did say, “I like Donald Trump because I think he likes me.” According to voter records, he was a registered Republican in the past but is currently not registered with the party.

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Again, sounds like he has Trumpitis. Trump likes anyone who likes him-and especially those who praise him-too.

Later Borstein elaborated:

"Trump doc clarifies: his condition is better than the CURRENT health of past Presidents. Others are "sick or dead."

Indeed. He's clearly healthier than George Washington in 2016.

So for all Trump's conspiracy theories about Hillary health and 'stamina'-I don't see how anyone doubts her stamina after seeing her Benghazi hearing-he himself still hasn't provided medial records that are anything more than a bad joke. Just like his campaign.

And I really think it's relevant that we learn why Trump is seeing a gastroenterologist.

Yet he accuses Hillary of being in poor heath with zero proof. He is older than her. So let's call this what it is: sexism.

"Let’s Call The Conspiracy Theories About Hillary’s Health What They Are we get it, she’s a lady."

"To Dianne Bystrom, the director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, the attacks on Clinton’s physical and mental health remind her of the arguments men used in the early 1900s to justify why women shouldn’t have the right to vote."

“It is interesting as I sit here reflecting on suffrage today,” she said, highlighting that Friday is Women’s Equality Day. “The arguments are the same. Women are the frail sex, the ones that don’t quite have the stamina to be involved in the ugly game of politics.”

"She said the gender bias by the Trump campaign towards Clinton is more extreme than she can remember in recent history, calling his tactics “vicious.”

“In my years of studying male versus female rhetoric in politics races, I haven’t seen anyone go this far as to attack a woman for her health when there seems to be no founded reason for it,” she said.

"Let’s get real: The wild conspiracy theories around Clinton’s health are a convenient way to mask misogyny inside “legitimate” medical concerns. Her critics can’t call her crazy, so instead they use stand-ins like “unbalanced” and lacking “mental stamina.”

"Trump has a long history of gendered attacks on Clinton. He has said she doesn’t “look” presidential. He doesn’t like her voice. He even made a callous joke about someone shooting her. "

"Now, he’s arguing that she’s not physically or mentally up for the job. That’s sexism, plain and simple."

The conspiracy theories of her health are the equivalent of the Birther conspiracies about where Obama was 'really born.'

As usual, Trump throws stones from a glass house. He hasn't released anything like what you'd call real medical records. And he himself almost fainted at a rally a few weeks ago.

Trump is the guy with the flamboyant gastroenterologist.

But because Hillary is a woman, only her health is suspect. 

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