Republican strategist Karl Rove again defended his comments about Hillary Clinton’s health on Sunday, arguing that such attacks are fair game in presidential contests.
“I’m not questioning her health. What I’m questioning is whether or not it’s a done deal that she’s running,” he said during a “Fox News Sunday” panel discussion. “And she would not be human if she did not take this into consideration. She’ll be 69 at the time of the 2016 election. If she gets elect and serves two terms, she’ll be 77.”
Later on in the panel, Fox News political analyst Juan Williams slammed Rove for surfacing claims about Clinton’s health and concussion.
“Karl, doesn’t this remind everybody that you in your past as a very effective political operative have gone after people — the swift-boating of John Kerry…” Williams said.
Rove jumped in to argue that his attacks on Kerry were “entirely legitimate.”
Williams then tells Rove that his accusations about Clinton might end up helping her.
“You’re an effective political operator, but you may be helping Hillary Clinton!” he said.
When host Chris Wallace asked Rove if he did in fact say that Hillary Clinton wore special glasses for a traumatic brain injury, Rove said that was true.
“A concussion is by definition a traumatic brain injury, and so is a blood clot in the brain,” Rove argued.
The political operative then said he doesn’t regret bringing Clinton’s health into the spotlight.
“My point is this: She’s a human being. You would not be human and not have a serious brain injury like this was and take it into consideration if you’re thinking about going and doing what she might do,” he said.
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