Conservatives and those on the alt-right have been floating a rumor that Hillary Clinton is in poor health, all because of a photo of Hillary being helped up some icy stairs.
Now, people are raising questions about Trump’s health.
Like Clinton, Trump has released very little information, most notably in the form of a December 2015 letter of a few paragraphs from his personal physician, a gastroenterologist, that described his blood pressure and lab results as “astonishingly excellent” while suggesting a President Trump would be the “healthiest individual ever elected.”
Note that Trump’s doctor is a gastroenterologist…not an internist or general medical doctor.
Interviewed on CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta said, “I don’t even know what to make of this letter. Whether you are a doctor or not, that degree of hyperbole and these words being used is very unusual. People don’t write like that. … ‘Strength and stamina are extraordinary’ — what does that mean, exactly?”
There are also rumors that Trump uses amphetamine-like diet pills.
Trump, at age 70, would be the oldest man to assume the presidency if elected in November, about eight months older than Ronald Reagan when he was first sworn-in more than 35 years ago. But both he and Clinton, according to a federal life expectancy model from 2013, are statistically likely to live comfortably through and beyond potential second terms in the White House, well into their 80s.
There is little in Trump’s personal medical history or lifestyle to suggest he is more likely to get sick than others his age. His status as a non-drinker has been well-documented, going back decades. Dr. Bornstein in his letter wrote that Trump had never used alcohol or tobacco, an assertion backed by the candidate’s own statements and independent reporting. Trump is very well known for not drinking, smoking, or doing illicit drugs.
Recently though, Trump has admitted his love for fast food. At a CNN town hall in February, he spoke highly of McDonald’s (“great stuff”) and KFC (“not the worst thing in the world”), while assuring viewers his burger diet was “very carefully” calibrated. He has posted images to social media showing him eating both while aboard his private jet.
In a December Q&A with People Magazine, Trump said that, unlike what so many others have experienced, he had actually “lost 15 lbs. on the campaign trail.” “One of the reasons,” he explained, “is that I have big crowds” and that entertaining them “is almost a form of exercise.”
“I could see how it could go the other way for some people,” he added. “(But) that’s only because their events are boring.” But a New York Times story published Monday suggested that his luck had not extended into 2016, saying it was the “the opinion of some friends of Mr. Trump that he has gained weight recently.”
Of course Trump says he’s in incredible shape, and has always been a top athlete. Trump told Men’s Health in 2013, “I used to play all sports. I was always a good athlete. I was always the captain of my teams. When I play a few rounds on the weekend, I’ll come in Monday morning and I’ll have lost three or four pounds,” he said. “That’s very pleasurable exercise, and it keeps you away from the refrigerator because you’re out on the course.”
And sorry…but KFC? Has he never heard of Popeye’s?
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