Hillary Clinton destroyed the Republican smears about her concussion, and easily took out Karl Rove, during her first interview before the release of her new book.
Transcript of former Sec. of State Clinton’s interview with ABC News:
SAWYER: How is your health?
CLINTON: It’s very good, thank you.
SAWYER: How serious was it?
CLINTON: It was – you know, it was a – I think a serious concussion-
SAWYER: But the clot, in addition – if the clot had dislodged?
CLINTON: Yes. Well, can I tell you? That’s what – that was a scary point.
SAWYER: You had trouble with vision?
CLINTON: I had – because of the force of the – of the fall, I had some – I had double vision for a short period of time, and I had some dizziness.
SAWYER: Did you have trouble talking?
CLINTON: No, I had no – I had no problems. The only thing I had-
CLINTON: No. I didn’t – I didn’t – I didn’t have any of that. I didn’t – I felt fine, and I felt it was kind of silly that I was supposed to stay in bed.
I ran into Congressman Paul Ryan at the inauguration last year, and I had read he was this great athlete. And I said, ‘Congressman, did you ever have a concussion?’ He goes, ‘Oh, yes!’ He said, ‘I had several’ – I think three – ‘and the last one was serious. But my mother was smart enough to make me stay in’ – because what happens to athletes, soldiers, young people in car accidents – all the reasons why people get concussions – is they kind of shake it off. And I felt like – you know, I can – I can get back up. I can go to work. And the doctor said, no – you’re going to say and rest, because then, you will have a complete recovery.
So, fast-forward – I go home for Christmas – go to New York for Christmas – and I want to go back to work. And so, my doctor said, okay, let’s just do – you know, a MRI to make sure that everything’s healing as we think it is. So, here’s what they say: they say, the good news is, the concussion is totally resolving like we told you. It’s going to be fine. The bad news is, you’ve developed a clot behind your right ear, and you must immediately go the hospital, because we have to immediately put you on blood thinners.
SAWYER: Because you had a clot in your right leg before when you were traveling-
CLINTON: I have; I have-
SAWYER: Are they related?
SAWYER: So, blood thinners now?
CLINTON: Blood thinners – yeah; yeah.
SAWYER: For life?
CLINTON: Probably – but I don’t mind, because I don’t ever want to have to go through that again. (laughs)
SAWYER: So, no lingering effects?
CLINTON: No lingering effects-
SAWYER: Of any kind?
CLINTON: No – nope.
SAWYER: So, you would release your medical records if you ran for president?
CLINTON: I would do what other candidates have done – absolutely.
SAWYER: And what would you like to say to Karl Rove about your brain?
CLINTON: That I know he was called ‘Bush’s Brain’ in one of the books written about him, and I wish him well. (laughs)
Karl Rove and his allegations are such a joke that he is being laughed at by Hillary Clinton. Rove and the RNC’s attempt to scare Hillary Clinton out of running for president can now be pronounced an epic failure. Clinton mention of Republican golden boy Paul Ryan’s concussions was an excellent touch.
Former Sec. Clinton has learned a great deal since her last presidential campaign. She is very well prepared for everything that the Republican Party is dishing out. Much of this she has already seen before during he husband’s presidency. The Republican playbook has not changed at all in the last 20 years. The goal has always been to create discredit candidates through scandals and rumors while turning their strengths into weaknesses.
A laugh and a little dig at Karl Rove just the brushoff that Republicans didn’t want to see. Clinton isn’t frightened by the games that Republicans are playing. She is already winning.
Karl Rove is way out of his league when it comes to taking on Hillary Clinton, and Republicans have no idea what to do about their “Hillary problem.”
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association