For the past several weeks, Donald Trump and his surrogates have tried to call into question Hillary Clinton‘s health, but the tactic seems to be backfiring in a disastrous way.
Rather than launching a vociferous investigation into Clinton’s health woes, the media have begun poking holes into a bizarre letter written in December about Trump’s health instead.
The letter, dated December 4, 2015, reads: “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be ‘the healthiest individual ever elected’ to the presidency,’” something CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta thought was completely off.
On Tuesday, Gupta blasted the letter saying he didn’t know what to make of the ‘absurd’ letter Donald Trump’s physician released last year expounding the Republican presidential candidate’s health in bombastic terms.
“Here you have a lot of language, with not a lot of data to back it up,” Gupta told colleague Chris Cuomo.
“Whether you’re a doctor or not, that degree of hyperbole and these types of words being used is very unusual,” “People don’t write like that, that this is ‘the healthiest ever,’” he continued.
“That type is hyperbole is typically never used. Strength and stamina — you know when we measure strength, you can actually measure strength. None of that objective data was in the letter,” said Dr. Gupta.
“They say he’s on a statin; what’s his cholesterol? You’ve indicated in some way that he has some these types of medicines he’s taking — for what, exactly? Does he have a risk of heart disease?”
Gupta also poked fun at the letter for saying that Trump only got “positive” results on his medical exams while highlighting several misspellings.
“It’s funny in medicine, because when something is good we say it’s a negative result. Meaning, that it did not appear when we did an exam. Positive results actually means quite the opposite,” Gupta explained. “Calling things ‘test scores’ instead of results — his PSA ‘test score’ was this, as if it was the SAT exam instead of a blood test.
Gupta said he called the phone number listed on the letter’s masthead for the College of American Gastroenterology to verify the letter’s source. “They said he [Trump’s physician] was a member, but he hasn’t been a member in over twenty years.”
“It’s a strange letter that’s absurd to look at it on face value,” Gupta concluded. Watch the interview in the video below: