Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid took the media to task Tuesday for, in his view, exaggerating Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s recent illness while failing to scrutinize the health of Republican rival Donald Trump.
“She has pneumonia, and … it’s curable, no one denies that,” Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters. “She’s off the campaign trail for a few days. She probably needed the rest anyway. So you folks have magnified the problems she has.”
He then moved on to Trump: “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. Look at his health a little bit.”
Trump has actually treated Clinton’s recently diagnosed respiratory ailment with an uncharacteristically soft touch. “I hope she gets well soon,” he said on Fox News Channel on Monday. “Something is going on, but I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail, and we’ll be seeing her at the debate.”
But he is an admitted fast-food aficionado. “I’m a very clean person, I like cleanliness, and I think you’re better off going there than maybe someplace that you have no idea where the food is coming from,” he explained on CNN in February.
Clinton’s campaign said Sunday that she was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday. The disclosure came hours after Clinton abruptly left a Sept. 11 memorial service in New York and was seen on video being helped into a car.
Reid has undergone scrutiny of his own health while in office: A January 2015 exercise accident badly injured Reid’s face and left him blind in one eye. He missed the first two weeks of the 114th Congress and later cited the injury in announcing his decision to retire at the end of his current term.
But Reid said the media needs to push for more health information from Trump, who released a bizarre doctor’s note last year declaring that if he were elected, he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
“You have all been unfair to Hillary,” Reid said. “She submitted a multiple-page report from a doctor, a good doctor, talking about what medicine she’s on and done pretty thorough. Now she has had pneumonia, she is going to submit something more. But look at Donald Trump — at his medical records, which are nonexistent.”
Trump said on Fox Monday that he recently underwent a physical and plans to release the results soon.