Thursday, August 18, 2016

Astonishingly Excellent

Since all reputable fact-checking organizations have shown that 90% of everything Donald Trump says is either an outright lie (Obama did not create Isis) or at best, highly suspect, it's not surprising that the supposed letter from his doctor proving his excellent health would come under scrutiny, and downright derision.

The doctor can be forgiven for the weird letter, I guess, since he's been dead for two years.

In the letter, the doctor, a gastroenterologist, who is a specialist, and not someone that would normally perform a general exam, says that his recent exam showed only "positive."  Since lab tests are usually to rule out certain diseases, one can assume from this that he is suffering from a constellation of diseases, everything from diabetes to syphilis.

But that can't be because the lab results are "astonishingly excellent." Now doesn't that make you feel like a piker?  My lab results are usually within normal limits, but I've never aspired to be astonishingly excellent and I'm not sure how I could rig them for that result.  

“It’s very odd for a doctor to say, ‘He’s had a complete medical examination that showed only positive results,’” said Jonathan Moreno, a professor of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. “Normally a positive result in the language of medicine is not a good thing."

(Moreno also points out a conspicuous absence in this report from a gastroenterologist...who doesn't mention whether or not Trump has ever had a colonoscopy. Apparently questioning the Trump team whether or not he had colon polyps received no response. Perhaps that's TMI)

Even when writing a faux medical report, Trump can't resist making himself better than the average man.  "His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary."  Give that man a cape.

"If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."

Give me a break.  What reputable doctor, even a dead one, would write that?  You could check the doctor's web site, listed on the letterhead, but it does not link to anything.

“I don’t want to question Dr. Bornstein,” said Jeffrey Singer, a practicing general surgeon and adjunct scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute. “But doctors don’t usually say that kind of thing.”“I could understand Donald Trump saying that, because that’s the kind of thing he says—just like he’s the smartest guy and the richest guy and all that,” Singer continued. “But doctors don’t usually make those kind of superlative comments.”

Unless, of course, you’re Donald Trump’s doctor.

It always amuses me when Trump asserts that Hillary Clinton does not have the physical stamina for the office.  Did he see her travel schedule while Secretary of State?  The woman never stopped...and most people on the world stage seem to have liked her, unlike Trump, who is getting negative comments worldwide.
An Australian friend of mine, a woman I met while visiting Australia, recently wrote " I think the world is waiting to see if Americans are stupid enough to elect Donald Trump. As you say - stranger things have happened. Like Hitler. Surely common sense will prevail."  One can only hope

“This is a Mel Brooks version of an election campaign, except it’s deadly serious,” said Constanze Stelzenmüller, formerly of The German Marshall Fund in Berlin, now with the Brookings Institution in Washington. Above all, she said, Germans are disturbed by echoes they hear of 20th century fascism in Europe, from Hitler to Mussolini. And they hear in Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric the views of far right parties in Europe today, whipping up fears of Muslim immigrants flooding their continent. An American president joining that chorus will “just inflame the trend,” she said.
Germany's Der Spiegel has called Trump the most dangerous man in the world

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who supported Obama’s Republican challenger Mitt Romney in 2012, invited Trump to visit in December. But after the candidate’s comments about banning Muslims, he withdrew the invitation. "it’s Trump’s lack of experience that most worries Israelis, " explains David Makovsky of the Jerusalem Post. “They live in a tough neighborhood, so Israelis don’t want an American president who needs on-the-job training,” he said. “Because they have to play six-dimensional chess in a very complicated Middle East, they want someone who knows how to play chess.”

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said there’s no way his government will pay for Trump’s wall between the two countries. And he went further, likening Trump to Hitler and Mussolini in proposing “very easy, simple solutions to problems that are obviously not that easy to solve,” expressed in “strident rhetoric (that) have only led to very ominous situations in the history of humanity.”

One career U.S. ambassador in Latin America sums up what troubled the officials he deals with about Trump. “I hear one word — reckless. People are afraid that he will be as reckless with the instruments of national power — military, economic and diplomatic.

French President Francois Hollande expressed extreme revulsion at Donald Trump’s “excesses” and warned against his authoritarian tone.

The French liberal newspaper Liberation has described him as a nightmare turned reality. JK Rowling tweeted that he's worse than Voldemort. A recent Economist cover has a picture of Trump dressed as Uncle Sam with just one word, "Really?" That pretty much sums up the mood of global elites.

I voted in my first election when Johnson was running and I have voted in every presidential election since....and this is the weirdest election I've ever seen.

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