Sarah Palin mocked Democrats on Monday for crying foul over the suggestion that Hillary Clinton may have suffered a “traumatic brain injury” while there was no outcry over the conspiracy theories she faced about her biological relationship to her son.
“Hey! Hillary’s brain is off-limits! Leave her health records alone!” Palin wrote in a Facebook post. “Democrats are right – scouring records of a female candidate is just politics of personal destruction, and for the media to engage in it would be unfair, unethical, and absolutely UNPRECEDENTED. You can’t probe a woman like that because, well, it’s a war on women!”
Palin linked to articles from Politico and Salon about rumors that circulated when she was running for vice president suggesting she wasn’t the real mother of her youngest son Trig, who has down syndrome.
“Goodness, no one credible would print lies, continually harass a candidate’s doctor, disrupt local hospital staff, or even offer to pay locals to give ‘quotes’ about her health records to be included in a ‘research book’ by a public university professor (your tax dollars at work?) which the candidate’s attorney will need to respond to,” Palin wrote.
While she ripped Democrats’ “double standards” on probing into a candidate’s medical history, Palin seemed to think Republicans’ concerns about Clinton’s health were valid. At the top of her post Palin linked to a Wall Street Journal article, via Matt Drudge, on the right’s defense of raising Clinton’s 2012 hospital stay over a blood clot as an issue while the former secretary of state mulls a presidential bid.
Republican strategist Karl Rove, who first suggested that Clinton may have suffered some sort of traumatic episode as the result of the fall that later landed her in the hospital, has been berated on the left for surfacing and repeatedly defending the claims about Clinton’s fitness.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.