Hillary Clinton Shuts Down Donald Trump’s Conspiracy Theories About Her Health

Let’s see him open a jar of pickles.


Recently, Donald Trump has combined a popular right-wing conspiracy theory with good old-fashioned misogyny by questioning Hillary Clinton’s “strength and stamina,” insinuating that the 68-year-old former secretary of state is concealing the true state of her ill-health to advance her presidential ambitions.

“To defeat crime and radical Islamic terrorism in our country, to win trade in our country, you need tremendous physical and mental strength and stamina,” Trump told a crowd in Wisconsin last week. “Hillary Clinton doesn’t have that strength and stamina.”

On Monday, Clinton appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to poke fun at and dispense with, the newly-revived rumors about her physical frailty. She even got in a few digs at Trump, expressing her wish to be running against someone who was actually qualified to be president, instead of a reality TV star.

“I don’t think we’ve ever been confronted with somebody who we see right now in the midst of this election as unqualified and temperamentally unfit,” Clinton said.

Kimmel then whipped out a jar of pickles, challenging Clinton to prove she has at least strength, if not stamina, by opening the jar.

Fortunately, she succeeded. 

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Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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