WASHINGTON ― If reporters want to question someone’s health, they should be worrying more about the older, orange-tinted fellow running for president on the Republican side than Hillary Clinton, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday.
Donald Trump’s campaign has been trying to foster conspiracy theories about the former secretary of state’s health for weeks, and it went into overdrive when Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 ceremony over the weekend.
The departure set off a storm of coverage ― especially after footage surfaced showing Clinton slumping outside her van, and then when the Clinton campaign did not promptly disclose details about what was wrong. Her doctor later announced Clinton had pneumonia, but is recovering.
But Reid said the incident was not a big deal, and chided reporters for not paying more attention to Trump.
“You folks have magnified the problems that she has,” Reid said on Capitol Hill. “Take a look at this character that’s running for president. He complains about her health? What does he do? He’s 70 years old, he’s not slim and trim, he brags about eating fast food every day.”
He also added a helping of media criticism.
“Look at his health a little bit. You have all been unfair to Hillary,” Reid said, complaining that Trump has only released an odd letter from a doctor saying Trump would be the healthiest president in history.
Trump’s campaign has said the businessman will soon release the results of a recent physical. Clinton’s campaign also said it intends to reveal more about her health, although it has already released doctor’s records.
Reid also saw the health question as a symptom of a larger double-standard in which the media does not adequately investigate Trump.
“I can’t imagine you folks not being a little inquisitive about what he’s done to cheat people in Atlantic City and everybody else, and look at his tax returns,” Reid said.
Trump has refused to hand out his returns ― although every other candidate for president has done so for decades ― citing an ongoing audit by the Internal Revenue Service.
“You’re letting him get away with the fact that there’s an audit,” Reid said. “Everybody has said there’s nothing wrong with having an audit and you can still [release] your tax returns.”
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.