CNN editor-in-chief Chris Cillizza pushed a story questioning President Donald Trump’s health after Trump delicately walked down a ramp following a speech he gave at West Point.
But Cillizza has criticized health scare stories before – in 2016, when conservatives publicly questioned then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s health in the 2016 campaign cycle.
The cable news network headlined the Trump-West Point ramp story, “Why the Donald Trump-West Point ramp story actually matters.” Cillizza criticized Trump for creating the story after Trump responded on Twitter about how the ramp was wet.
The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery. The last thing I was going to do is “fall” for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2020
Cillizza speculated about Trump’s health because Trump’s “medical past is a total mystery.”
The CNN editor also claimed that Americans “know less about Trump’s medical history than any previous modern-day president.” Cillizza wrote that Trump often makes his opponents’ health a major issue, such as Hillary Clinton’s medical episode in 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s on-air gaffes and stuttering.
The Washington Post headlined Cillizza’s defense of Clinton’s health, “Can we just stop talking about Hillary Clinton’s health now?” Cillizza blasted Drudge Report, a prominent news aggregation website, for its headline speculating about Clinton’s health due to a coughing fit at an Ohio rally on Labor Day. He said that speculation about Clinton’s health was “a totally ridiculous issue – for lots of reasons.” Cillizza cited a letter from Clinton’s personal physician attesting to her good health.