“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said on Thursday that GOP strategist Karl Rove “knew exactly what he was doing” when he suggested that Hillary Clinton suffered a “traumatic brain injury.”
“My guess is, even if he knows that there’s no indication that she has brain damage, he probably is laughing himself to sleep at night thinking, ‘Well, I got the Clintons on the front page and she’s a target now, and that’s kind of what I want to accomplish right now,'” Wallace said Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends,” according to a Media Matters recording.
When radio show host Brian Kilmeade asked Wallace if Rove’s comments were out of line, Wallace said that attacks like that are just part of politics, even if they don’t have any truth to them.
“Well, it’s not out of bounds. I’m not sure that it’s particularly legitimate,” he said. “There’s certainly no sign that she’s walking wounded.”
“Politics ain’t beanbag. It’s a tough game. It’s a contact sport,” Wallace continued, explaining that Rove likely wanted to put the Clintons on defense. “I think it was probably pretty smart politics — not especially attractive — but smart and effective.”
The Fox host added that candidates on both sides of the aisle, like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008, have been targeted over health and age concerns.
Listen to the clip via Media Matters: