Much attention has been focused recently on the “To Whom My Concern” letter of Dr. Bornstein regarding Donald Trump. The media focus on the letter identifies the multiple indications in the letter that it was actually written by Donald Trump. The most memorable statement from the letter is that “If elected, Mr Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
Dr. Bornstein is a gastroenterologist. Thus there is a possible basis for the notion that Donald Trump really is full of shit!
What seems to be lost in the reporting is that letter was provided last December. That note came 11 days after Mr. Trump, 69 , vowed on Twitter to release a “full medical report” about his physical health and fitness to serve as president, which he said would “show perfection.” His pledge came after a Politico report pointed out his penchant for fatty foods, his lack of routine workouts and, until now, his refusal to release a medical report.
In spite of this obviously unofficial report on Donald’s health, questions are being raised about the health of Hillary Clinton, and her health, and ability to serve as president. Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday. During a Sept. 11 memorial event on Sunday at Ground Zero, she was unsteady and clearly needed help getting into a van after becoming “overheated and dehydrated.” And Clinton canceled a planned to trip to California for Monday while she rests at home.
The reality is that Clinton was diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia. Between the diagnosis on Friday, and the near-collapse on Sunday, Clinton appeared at two fundraisers, ran a national security working session, and held a press conference. My conclusion is that Hillary has demonstrated an incredible commitment to her responsibilities, even when faced with physical challenges. The reality is that Donald Trump is a 70 year old man. Hillary Clinton is a 68 year old woman. While many people have suggested that women do not have the temperament to be President, one advantage is indisputable! Women live longer than men. The average life expectancy for a woman is 81 years old, but for men it’s only 76. If Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton lived as long as “average” Trump has only 6 more years left to go, and Hillary has 13! In addition, men are more burdened by illness during their life. They fall ill at a younger age and have more chronic illnesses than women. For example, men are nearly 10 times more likely to get inguinal hernias than women, and five times more likely to have aortic aneurysms. American men are about four times more likely to contract AIDS or be hit by gout; they are more than three times more likely than women to develop kidney stones, to become alcoholics, or to have bladder cancer. And they are about twice as likely to suffer from emphysema or a duodenal ulcer.
Trump is wishing Hillary a speedy recovery. But simply focusing attention on the issue of her health is a way for Trump to imply that Hillary is too weak and frail to serve. It is a way to stay free of criticism, but focus attention of Hillary’s health. It’s like saying that Trump tested negative for HIV, making people wonder if he might test positive in the future.
Trump has brought into question Hillary’s health in the past. For weeks Trump has criticized Mrs. Clinton for lacking the “stamina” to be commander in chief and for keeping a light campaign schedule. In a separate interview with CNBC, Mr. Trump acknowledged that campaigning was grueling work but raised questions about how transparent the Clinton campaign had been about her health.