Who’s fit enough to be pres­i­dent?

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Los An­ge­les Times, editorial: “In Fe­bru­ary, a Gallup poll found Amer­i­can vot­ers from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum agree­ing on four key is­sues fac­ing the na­tion as it headed into the heart of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. ... Ter­ror­ism and na­tional se­cu­rity; the econ­omy; em­ploy­ment and jobs; and health care and the Af­ford­able Care Act. Their in­ter­ests haven’t changed much since then; in Au­gust, the econ­omy was the top con­cern. So what did the cam­paign — and cam­paign cov­er­age — fo­cus on over the last few days? Whether Hil­lary Clin­ton’s con­tract­ing pneu­mo­nia some­how makes her less vi­able as a pres­i­dent, and whether her lump­ing half of Don­ald Trump’s sup­port­ers into a ‘bas­ket of de­plorables’ makes her less electable.” David Ax­el­rod,

Twit­ter: “An­tibi­otics can take care of pneu­mo­nia. What’s the cure for an un­healthy pen­chant for pri­vacy that re­peat­edly cre­ates un­nec­es­sary prob­lems?” Jen­nifer Palmieri,

Twit­ter: “In con­trast to HRC, Trump has been less trans­par­ent than any nom­i­nee in modern his­tory.” John Cas­sidy, The New Yorker: “Palmieri, the commu-

nica­tions di­rec­tor for the Clin­ton cam­paign, ac­knowl­edged that it had slipped up in its han­dling of the af­fair. But, rather than ex­plain­ing the de­lay in an­nounc­ing the can­di­date’s di­ag­no­sis, Palmieri sought to switch the fo­cus to Trump.” Se­nate Demo­cratic leader Harry Reid,

news con­fer­ence: “(Trump’s) not slim and trim. He brags about eat­ing fast food every day. Look at his health a lit­tle bit. ... You have all been un­fair to Hil­lary.” Steve Al­mond, Cog­nos

centi: “Good on you, Amer­i­can me­dia, for once again prov­ing that you have the moral dis­cern­ment to rec­og­nize what truly mat­ters in a leader. Thanks for al­low­ing Trump to de­fine what ‘fit­ness’ means in 2016, that it’s not about con­tent of char­ac­ter or know­ing the is­sues or hav­ing a plan or lis­ten­ing or car­ing. It’s about an­swer­ing that time-hon­ored ques­tion: Quien es mas ma­cho? Who can in­cite the most fear and rile up the big­gest crowd and at­tract the most eye­balls? ... You’re help­ing to en­sure that we don’t go to the polls con­fused about who we’re elect­ing. ... We’re not elect­ing a heart or a mind or a soul or a con­science — or even a body. We’re elect­ing a wounded male ego.”

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