Call Them The Concussion Truthers
Over the weekend, the State Department reported that Secretary of State Clinton had fallen earlier in the week and suffered a mild concussion that caused doctors to order to to stay at home. This resulted in the cancellation of Clinton’s testimony before a Congressional Committee investigating the Benghazi attack. In her place, the committee will hear from at least two Deputy Secretaries of State. Now, we’ve got some conservatives claiming that the reports about Clinton’s medical issues are a fraud:
The official story out of the State Department is that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently fainted and suffered a concussion and is working from home. As a result, she is not expected to testify before Congress this week on the subject of the attack in Benghazi.
Message received, right?
Not everyone is so convinced.
The New York Post called it “one of the most transparent dodges in the history of diplomacy.”
The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher won’t believe it until he sees some proof. “If she has a concussion, let’s see the medical report. Let’s see some proof that she’s not just stonewalling. If it’s true, then we can all wish her a speedy recovery. But it’s ridiculous to expect us to take her word for it.”
Ditto Republican strategist Alice Stewart, who said on Fox News, “I certainly hope Hillary Clinton has a good note from her doctor.”
Also on Fox News, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said: “You know, every foreign service officer in every foreign ministry in the world knows the phrase I am about to use. When you don’t want to go to a meeting or conference, or an event, you have a ‘diplomatic illness.’ And this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band.”
Lucianne.com’s Lucianne Goldberg tweeted, “Hillary has given us a great new excuse. Don’t call in with a cold or a bad tooth. Just say you have a concussion. It can last for days.”
Over at NewsBusters, P.J. Gladnick was peeved that more reporters didn’t express skepticism about what happened to Clinton.
“No ambulance was called and she was not hospitalized? Riiiight! Because when you’re Secretary of State you somehow don’t rate standard medical treatment.”
Here we go again.