Karl Rove Hints Hillary Suffered Brain Damage

Tosses out possibility her 2012 fall was more serious than indicated

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 13, 2014 7:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Karl Rove is busily stirring the 2016 pot, not-so-subtly suggesting last week that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage. At a conference near LA Thursday, Rove brought up the December 2012 fall, concussion, and subsequent blood clot that delayed Clinton from testifying about the Benghazi attack, Politico reports. Page Six, which originally reported the incident, notes that Rove made the point multiple times, and said that if Clinton runs for president, she must be honest with voters about her diagnosis. One representative quote:

  • "Thirty days in the hospital? 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."

Clinton's rep was firm in responding: "Karl Rove has deceived the country for years, but there are no words for this level of lying. [Clinton] is 100%. Period."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a football helmet presented to her at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, as she returned to work.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a football helmet presented to her at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, as she returned to work.   (AP Photo/State Department)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, just after she returned to work.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, just after she returned to work.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
This March 2, 2013 file photo shows Republican strategist Karl Rove,of American Crossroads, speaking in Sacramento, Calif.
This March 2, 2013 file photo shows Republican strategist Karl Rove,of American Crossroads, speaking in Sacramento, Calif.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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