Karl Rove suggested at a conference Thursday that Hillary Clinton suffered a “traumatic brain injury,” according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
“Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury?” Rove told the audience, as quoted by the Post. “We need to know what’s up with that.”
The Post reported that Rove repeated the claim several times at the conference, where he was speaking alongside former Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs and CBS correspondent Dan Raviv. He urged Republicans to continue pressing for answers about the Benghazi attacks and said voters deserve to know about the former secretary of state’s health issues if she decides to run for president, according to the Post.
Clinton was hospitalized in December 2012 for a blood clot caused by a concussion she sustained in an earlier fall. Those complications temporarily delayed her testimony before Congress on the Benghazi attacks.
A spokesperson for Clinton told the Post to “Please assure Dr. Rove she’s 100 percent.”
“Karl Rove has deceived the country for years, but there are no words for this level of lying,” the spokesperson added.
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