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Hypocritical CNN editor blows up Trump-West Point ramp story

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 [1] 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 [2] about how the ramp was wet.

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 [4] 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.