At this year’s Values Voter Summit, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) added to recurring accusations against Hillary Clinton’s health.
In his speech, he claimed that Clinton is “mentally impaired.”
“You don’t make fun of people who are impaired, have special needs, and whether you like her or not, Hillary Clinton has made clear that she is mentally impaired and this is not somebody you should be making fun of," Gohmert said. "I get the impression that in law school and along the way, she’s been very, very smart, but I don’t know, maybe it was the concussion, the fall back that she did. Or who knows, they won’t tell us what really is going on with her.”
He has also asked people to pray for Clinton, claiming that, “There’s special needs there, there’s mental impairment. I mean seriously, she can’t remember.”
Though Gohmert said that no one, including himself, should be making fun of the mentally impaired, he repeatedly does just that. He made comments about Clinton having her Blackberry phones smashed, saying that he would personally use a “two-pound sledge” and that “maybe somebody got to whaling around and hit her again.”
The Texas Republican also apologized for saying Clinton’s “brain's in a blender" during his Thursday appearance on "Fox and Friends."
“I made the mistake, I got that stupid song in my head that Rush Limbaugh used to play and it was to the tune ‘Try to Remember’ and it was Hillary Clinton saying ‘I don’t remember, my brain’s in a blender.’" Gohmert said. "But that was not a proper thing to say because, again, I’m making fun of the mentally impaired and that’s not right.”
While Gohmert may have tried to make this come off as a sincere apology and statement about not making fun of mental illnesses, his mocking tone and the audience's laughter suggest otherwise.
Trump’s campaign has been bringing up Clinton’s health often, pressing her to release her medical records to prove that she is fit enough to be president. These accusations, however, are displaced.
Hillary Clinton only knows how to make a speech when it is a hit on me. No policy, and always very short (stamina). Media gives her a pass!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2016
Trump takes any opportunity to criticize Clinton’s health, whether it is related to language disorders, seizures, or her coughs. Trump has made her alleged health problems a reason to say that Clinton is not fit to be president.
The constant attacks on Clinton's health could be rooted in sexism. Trump often refers to Clinton as “unstable” which may be a reference to the fact that she is a woman, instead of about her health.
People have already expressed their worry about Clinton’s inability to fulfill presidential duties due to hormones. Some believe that her hormones will cause her to become irritable and start unnecessary wars, yet hardly anyone comments on a male president’s testosterone levels influencing his decision-making.
While others have proven that Clinton’s hormones will not be an issue, critics have turned a blind eye and continue to have a gender bias.
This low-blow campaign tactic has unfortunately become the forefront of media coverage regarding Clinton, rather than the campaigning she is doing.
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