Rove quoted as saying Hillary might have brain injury: How low will politics go?

The GOP operative backtracked Tuesday – sort of

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The New York Post’s Page Six reported Monday that Republican operative Karl Rove told a Los Angeles audience last week that Hillary Clinton might have “brain damage” from a fall in December 2012.

“Thirty days in the hospital?” the Post quotes Rove as saying.  “And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”

Thirty days? Secretary Clinton was actually in the hospital for three days.  After she fell at home in Washington, a clot formed behind her right ear, between her brain and her skull.

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Hillary Clinton

And who knows where the glasses for people with “traumatic brain injury” thing came from.

A Clinton spokesperson told the Post, “Please assure Dr. Rove she’s 100 percent.”

Rove backtracked on Tuesday, sort of.

He went on Fox News and said he never used the phrase “brain damage.”

“I never used that phrase, I never used that phrase. But look, she had a serious health episode. And I don’t know about you, but if you go through a serious health episode, it causes you to look at life a little bit differently. This was a serious deal,” he said.

Rove also played the victim. “I am the bête noire for the Democrats. I am the gift that keeps on giving to them,” he said on Fox.

(For the record, Rupert Murdoch owns both Fox News and The New York Post.)

"Of course she doesn't have brain damage," Rove told The Washington Post. But he added that she had suffered  "a serious health episode" that she would need to be “forthcoming” about if she runs for president. As if she hadn’t been forthcoming so far?

Nicole Wallace, who was White House Communications Director under President George W. Bush when Rove also was there, told MSNBC, “Karl did not raise the issue by accident.”

She added, “I worked with Karl for a long time. This was a deliberate strategy on his part to raise her health as an issue and, I think in his view, a legitimate line of questioning ahead of the next campaign.”

Well, of course, Rove was deliberate. It is an example of “big lie” propaganda technique: Assert something known to be false, sort of deny you said it, but constantly add that it can’t be proved – beyond any doubt – that it is untrue. 

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