In a new segment on Monday, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour offered her two cents on Hillary Clinton’s bizarre health problems: a year of “relentless campaigning” without much break and pure sexism. That’s right! To this veteran CNN reporter, Clinton is treated differently from her male counterparts who’ve “fallen ill,” as she described it, simply because she’s a woman.
“But surely this can’t be a case for a human being having an off day,” Amanpour said sarcastically. “Nope! Like so many things Hillary, the media are having a field day. Off to the races with another debilitating case of indignant outrage. This must be another typical Clinton conspiracy to fool them with a total transparency breakdown.”
Amanpour was talking about media bias while being biased. There’s a shocker! If only she took the opportunity to take a jab at Donald Trump, which of course, she did: “Talk about transparency breakdown. What about Donald Trump’s tax returns? Where are they?”
Now back to Clinton and the lecture on feminism:
“Can’t a girl have a sick day or two? Don’t get me started, because when it comes to overqualified women having to try a hundred times harder than under qualified men to get a break, or even a level playing field, well, we know that story.”
Amanpour then mocked our 14th president, Franklin Pierce, who was given the nickname “Fainting Frank” by his opponents after he fainted twice during battles in the Mexican War of 1847. She made sure to point out how he was considered a coward. Here’s what she conveniently left out:
Pierce entered the army in 1846 as a private and quickly rose to the rank of colonel, and then brigadier general. At the Battle of Contreras on August 19, 1847, his horse reared, causing Pierce to sustain a groin injury on the pommel of the saddle. He passed out and fell from his horse, sustaining a serious knee injury in the process. His horse also fell. Pierce came to, mounted another horse, and returned to battle. The next day, while leading his troops into the Battle of Churubusco, Pierce reinjured his knee and passed out again. Although both episodes of Pierce’s loss of consciousness were associated with painful injuries, his political opponents made much of these events in later years, implying that he fainted out of cowardice, and dubbing him “Fainting Frank.”
That’s a bit different than the kind of luxurious campaigning Clinton does; what with all the five-star hotels, gourmet meals, air-conditioned/bulletproof transportation, and the finest medical staff a girl could dream of. Pierce was being shot at and starving, but Clinton has a grueling schedule!
Then, Amanpour reminded us of “George Bush senior throwing up all over the Japanese prime minister and then fainting at a state dinner.”
“And he oversaw the fall of the Soviet Union and even won the first Gulf War,” she added in hopes of making her point. Bush was actually suffering from 24-hour flu and a lot of embarrassment afterward.
Amanpour continued traveling down memory lane:
“Considering the media outrage over Hillary failing to tell them that she had pneumonia on Friday, consider the media actively shielding some great American presidents. Agreeing, for instance, not to show these photographs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose polio kept him confined to a wheel chair. But did that stop his New Deal for America or winning World War II?
“And then, there’s everyone’s favorite president, John F. Kennedy. Now, he saved the world from possible nuclear armageddon during the Cuban Missile Crisis, called for a new frontier in space, and generally inspired whole generations around the globe, while the press kept secret his painful struggle with Addison’s disease.
“Leading the world in sickness and in health — if the boys can do it, why not the women?”
Jim Geraghty of the National Review explains why both of those presidents are bad examples to compare to Clinton’s situation:
One implied conclusion is that because both presidents are remembered fondly — particularly by Democrats — the dishonesty that was perpetuated about their medical conditions was, in retrospect, a necessary evil…
But because FDR is remembered as leading the country during World War II, and Kennedy’s presidency is popularly remembered as a national Camelot tragically ended before its time, few see either man as a cautionary tale.
In Geraghty’s assessment, Massachusettes Senator Paul Tsongas is a much better example to use for “the potentially tragic consequences of lying about a presidential candidate’s health.”
Tsongas suffered from cancer of the lymph nodes but claimed he was cured during the 1992 election when he entered the presidential contest. He ended up winning New Hampshire but withdrew later after Bill Clinton gained ground. Later that year, Tsongas reported a new growth in his stomach and began treatment. Had he won, he would not have seen the end of his first term. He died in January 1997.
Tsongas’s situation brought about the need for public disclosure about candidates health, Geraghty said. Subsequently, Bill Clinton released eleven pages of his medical records shortly after and said he thought the public had a right to know his, or any other president/candidate’s health.
“Now that his wife is running for president, that comment seems to be as forgotten as Tsongas,” stated Geraghty.
Watch Amanpour’s video below:
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