Hannity Spent Entire Week Conducting ‘Investigation’ Into Clinton’s Health

Regular viewers of Sean Hannity’s show would understandably think that Hillary Clinton is in the midst of a serious health crisis.

The Fox News host spent has spent the entire week conducting an “investigation” into the Democratic nominee’s health, questioning whether her laugh appeared “seizure-esque” and drawing attention to a photograph of her slipping on a flight of stairs as proof of her instability.

According to Hannity, the mainstream media is intentionally avoiding the questions about Clinton’s health that have circulated on conservative sites since she was treated for a blood clot in her head in January 2013 after concussing her head in a fall.

He set to rectify that on Thursday by assembling a panel on medical experts including former 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson.

“She’s falling,” Hannity said. “You’ve got this sort of twitching thing that she does in front of reporters that was really bad. There’s been a number of incidents and reports that she fell.”

To emphasize his point, Hannity repeatedly played a clip of Clinton bobbing her head back and forth at a June press gaggle.

“I mean it’s a violent, violent, repetitive jerking of the head here,” he said. “You can see it’s uncontrollable.”

Fox medical correspondent Marc Siegel posited that the motion could be the result of “brain damage” sustained from the concussion.

“That can have long term effects, that can have effects on gait, on balance,” he said, arguing that Clinton should release her full medical records.

His fellow medical correspondent David Samadi told Hannity that the motion “certainly could be” a seizure.

The panel also charged that pauses Clinton made during her public speeches were potentially suspect “brain freezes.”

The renewed focus on Clinton’s health began last weekend after far-right news sites began circulating a February photo of the Democratic nominee slipping on a flight of stairs en route to a campaign stop. The image, which shows Secret Service agents helping Clinton recover her footing, was written up and retweeted with questions about her ability to walk unaided without any mention of when it was taken or why the agents were assisting her.

Clinton’s doctor released a letter last July summarizing her medical history and saying she was in “excellent” health.

This hasn’t stopped Hannity from proposing a host of theories about what could be wrong with the Democratic nominee.

As proof of Clinton’s supposed mental health issues, Hannity on Monday highlighted a photo of her Secret Service agent holding what some conservative sites claimed was a diazepam pen to treat seizures. The object was later revealed by fact-checking site Snopes to be a small flashlight.

Hannity has also drawn attention to clips of Clinton coughing and photos of her making “off” facial expressions as evidence that she may have long-term brain damage.

Watch video of one of the segments below, courtesy of Media Matters.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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