A Republican strategist suggested Wednesday that Hillary Clinton could clear up the speculation surrounding her health by releasing her records.
Appearing on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” former Bush staffer Brad Blakeman suggested that Clinton’s medical issues wouldn’t have become fodder for Karl Rove ahead of a potential 2016 run had she revealed her health records back in 2012, when she was hospitalized for a blood clot.
“Hillary has done herself a disservice,” Blakeman said. “When she suffered this illness she was a public servant, she was a secretary of state. She could have ended this by making her records public at that time, then we really wouldn’t be talking about it at this time.”
Blakeman further implied that Clinton had a motive for keeping her health issues private at the time. That implication was only strengthened by the text shown on screen, which raised “questions about Hillary Clinton’s 2012 health scare.”
“The fact is that she kept the records sealed, she kept it for a purpose,” he said. “But eventually, if she knows she’s going to run for president, everything will have to come out. It would’ve been better to do it then than now.”
Rove suggested at a conference last week that Clinton suffered a “traumatic brain injury” when she suffered a fall in 2012, which caused the blood clot. He’s since denied that he said she had brain damage, but argued that her health is fair game for questioning should she launch a presidential bid. A Clinton spokesman aggressively responded “Karl Rove has deceived the country for years, but there are no words for this level of lying.”
This post has been updated.