Trump Denies Having ‘Parkinson’s’ as He Faces Questions Over His Health
It’s the walk that launched a thousand questions.
President Donald Trump is facing renewed scrutiny over his health and he’s on the defensive, denying claims that he has Parkinson’s disease after a video (below) showed him using two hands to drink a glass of water and tiptoeing down a ramp.
“I stayed there for hours,” he said, clearly frustrated, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “And what do I do? I get publicity about walking down a ramp. And does he have Parkinson’s? I don’t think so.”
The video has spawned a life of its own on the social media and has earned the name “ramp gate” after Trump tweeted early on that the ramp was “very long & steep,” and that “it had no handrail, and most importantly, it was very slippery.”
The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery. The last thing I was going to do is “fall” for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2020
“The last thing I was going to do is ‘fall’ for the Fake News to have fun with,” he added. “Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!”
But after offering up this explanation, he’s got a new excuse: Slippery shoes. Trump explained during the interview that he was wearing the same shoes he wore at West Point last weekend.
“I can show them to you if you’d like,” Trump told WSJ reporter Michael Bender on Wednesday.
Trump’s plainly apparent physical problems have been the subject of an effort by The Lincoln Project, helmed by Kellyanne Conway’s husband George and a number of other “never-Trumper” Republicans to push Trump from the White House, MailOnline reports. The group has also recently launched a #TrumpIsNotWell attack ad.
At one point Bender remarked that perhaps Trump is facing this criticism because he’s attacked his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, in a similar fashion.
“Well, I’m four years younger,” said Trump, who recently turned 74. “But no, it’s not Biden’s age, I know people that are much older than me. And they’re sharp as they were when they were 25. I know a man who’s 92, is 100 percent sharp.”
He also referenced prominent elderly Republicans, including billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who’s 86. Biden turns 78 in November.
Pointing once again to the media, Trump discussed an op-ed in The Washington Post that came to his defense. This is interesting because he frequently criticizes the Post for being “too liberal,” but he echoed writer Henry Olden’s argument, noting:
“It wasn’t his health, it was politics,” the president told Bender, echoing Olden’s sentiment.
“This was one of the great shockers of all time,” he told Bender. “Do you want it? You don’t need it, right?”
But covering a President’s health is the media’s job. Because the public has a right to know whether their Commander-in-Chief can do his job, and quite obviously, if he becomes too ill, that question is up in the air. Indeed, that question has been up in the air from the get-go. There’s a reason why Trump is tanking in so many polls and it’s not because we love him.
Trump at West Point. Still unable to drink a glass of water with one hand. Someone get him a sippy cup.pic.twitter.com/0V3yxt2KUl
— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) June 13, 2020