Sunday, August 28, 2016

Trump's weird doctor letter is weirder than you thought

Aaron Blake writes about how The strange tale of Donald Trump’s doctor letter just got stranger in the Washington Post.

Of all the problems with the letter — and there are more than a few — the biggest may be the hyperbole. Doctors are trained to be circumspect and not draw conclusions that aren't supported by facts. Bornstein's letter, quite simply, didn't sound as though it were written by a serious-minded doctor who had given it the kind of thought it warranted.

And in his interview with NBC, Bornstein seemed to confirm it wasn't.

Blake's report has links to various video clips including the NBC interview.

The letter was already arguably incomplete. As the New York Times noted, it "contained no details about his heart rate, respiratory rate, cholesterol level, past medications or family medical history."

And now, given Bornstein's comments suggesting his own letter was written under some duress — or at least, less than ideal circumstances — you can expect rising demands for a do-over, and perhaps more information about Trump's health.

That is, of course, assuming Trump decides he wants to provide it: As he's shown with his tax returns, he won't easily give in to public pressure to disclose things about himself.

What the hell is wrong with the GOP? Or wrong with Trump's base? We have as a nominee for president a serial, compulsive liar (and he's lying about Clinton's health), a charlatan who hides his tax returns, and now, likely, refusing vital information about his own health. And, yes, his own words brand him as a racist.

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