Word arrived last night of a shake-up in Donald Trump’s troubled campaign. Paul Manafort — the campaign “chairman” — has effectively been demoted, after Trump brought in a new campaign “manager,” a man named Stephen Bannon. Who is Stephen Bannon? He is the executive chairman of Breitbart News.
He runs Breitbart, the fringe right-wing website known for its conspiracy theories and distrust of the media. Sound familiar? Trump — who also brought in Roger Ailes to help him prep for the first debate — is remaking his campaign in his own image.
If you’ve stumbled upon Brietbart.com in recent weeks, you’ll also be aware of a constant line of attack they have been employing against Hillary Clinton, and an attack that Donald Trump is likely to hammer home in the next few weeks. He’s going to question Clinton’s health. Trump has already made a few references to it, suggesting that she doesn’t have the “stamina” to be President and that her brain “short circuits,” but expect him to beat that drum even harder, because it’s been one of the main focuses of Breitbart in recent weeks.
A week ago, Breitbart questioned Clinton’s health by suggesting she has been suffering from bizarre behavior and seizures. They have elevated Susan Sarandon’s comments on Clinton’s health. They have used comments by Dr. Drew to suggest a coming “pulmonary embolism.” When Clinton slipped on a stair the other day and two campaign staffers grabbed her, Breitbart suggested that she has to be “physically helped up stairs by a team of staffers.” She stepped off the podium slightly awkwardly two days ago, and Breitbart questioned her health. The website is pushing reports that the “majority” of Americans want to see Clinton’s health records after “mounting questions” about her health (all questions mounted by Breitbart).
This is the kind of thing the website is pushing:
There’s the photograph of Secretary Clinton’s difficulty walking up some steps. Now inability to climb stairs does not necessarily disqualify a person for public office. However, neither she nor people with her apparently anticipated a problem. The people helping her seem to be preventing a fall. Did she simply trip? Or was it a seizure or a stroke?.
Videos widely circulated on the internet are, if authentic, very concerning. One shows prolonged, inappropriate laughter; another, strange head movements. In a third, she appeared momentarily dazed and confused, and lost her train of thought. Reportedly, she has a volcanic temper. (This is probably not new.)
A man who stays close to her, who is reportedly not a Secret Service officer, was photographed carrying something in his hand that purportedly might have been an autoinjector of Valium.
While we don’t have Mrs. Clinton’s medical records, it is widely stated that she experienced a fall that caused a concussion. Since then, she is sometimes seen wearing eyeglasses with prisms, as are used to correct double vision
Expect a lot more questions about Clinton’s health in the coming weeks. It will all be based on bullshit.